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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: "DR.RALPH CHINENYE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 10:21:26 +0200

This is to notify your $2.5M which won from our database for using western union/ MoAney Gram transfer.We contacted you some time ago.Surprisingly today somebody Send Email to Our Bank with
Identification Claiming to be your Uncle he informed us that you heard an
Accident and Authorize him to claim the fund on your behalf.when we check
our file is different from your informations.So the mail was sent to The
Director's meeting and after the meeting his mail was handed over to Legal
Department for Investigation.The Bank want you now to reconfirm the Below
information to enable us know if it is false information or not,So that he
will face the law.
Your Full Names:------------
Your Country: --------------
Telephone Number:-----------
Your Email:-----------------
Your Address----------------
They have resolve that your have Three options to claim your Fund now
without signing any Documents Again to avoid unknown people came for the
Fund again.
{1} By VISA CARD.{2.} By Cashier Cheque and {3} Wire Transfer.
Yours Sincerely,
Dr.Ralph Chinenye

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