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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Ms. Jones Mavins" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Ms. Jones Mavins" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:38:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

I have concluded to effect your payment $4.8,000.000usd through western union
by $10,000.00 daily until the ($4.8,000.000usd) is completely transferred
Meanwhile, we have already sent western union $10,000.00 in your name today
So contact the Western union Agent to pick up this first payment $10,000 now:

Contact person Rev. Mark James
Phone number: +229 99693751

Ask him to give you the mtcn, sender name, question and answer to enable you
pick up the $10,000.00,Also you are instructed to re-confirm and send
him your information's as listed below to avoid wrong transactions

(1Your Full name:...............
(2 Phone number..............
(3 Contact address:.................
(4 Age:............................
(5 Country.......
(6) Sex .......
(7) your occupation....
(8)Passport/By Attach or Drivers License Number:

Contact Rev. Mark James for your western union payment of $4.8,000.000usd,

We need your urgent reply
Best Regards
Ms. Jones Mavins

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