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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: "Miss.Elizabeth Abana" <"www.Abana.">
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 22:16:41 +0900 (JST)

Attention dear:

We have deposited your total funds ($5.500,000,00 USD) through Money Gram department after our finally meeting regarding your funds, All you will do is to contact money gram director Mr.John Wiggan with this E-mail:(

He will give you more direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. My agreement with them is $4,5000 USD daily until the whole funds is transferred to you, So kindly contact Money Gram director Mr.John Wiggan send him your Full transfer information to avoid wrong transfer of your funds such as,

1.Your Full Name.......................
2.Your Home address....................
3.Your Mobile Number...................
5.Your Occupation......................

Send your full details to this email only (

Though, Mrs.Stephanie Mike has sent $4,5000 USD in your name today so contact Mr.John Wiggan or you call him +229-684-776-64 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the first payment of $4,5000 USD and again Please let us know as soon as you received all your funds.

Best Regards.
Miss.Elizabeth Abana

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