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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: "Mrs. Mairie Edwin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:49:44 -0800
Subject: YOUR Payment Value: $1,950.000 USD

Attention! Attention!
United Nation Organization on Human Right wish to inform you that your part fund of $1.950,000 has been channel to western union for immediate payment to you through western union special transit unit system on a day limit of $18,000 every day until your total sum is completed. as instructed they will be sending you $4,500 four time per transfer and the first part $4,500 will be release to you today from western union as instructed, so contact western union remittance department office immediately on their email address below. you can call her +229 98338661 as soon as you receive this email:
Contact person Dr Susan Douglas
Phone: +229 98338661
Also you are advice by the western union to reconfirm your correct receiving details to avoid any mistake.
Your name:...
Home address:..
Phone number & Cell:..
Copy of your id:..
You have to contact them and follow their instruction so that the transaction will be completed immediately in your favor as United Nation is solidly behind you in the remittance of your fund to you. Contact the WESTERN UNION via this Email :(
We wish you good luck.
Best Regard,
Mrs. Mairie Edwin
United Nation Public Relation Attorney.

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