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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: Chief John Larry <"john.w.">
Reply-To: Chief John Larry <>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 07:20:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention!!


We are notifying you this afternoon following so many Frauds report against you from west Africa here, precisely, Ghana, Nigeria and Benin. From the Table of western Union, Money Gram Transfer, we have been notified through the security agents that so much money has been sent by you to scam experts of the above countries who neither do not have any of your funds or have idea about that.
Most of this scammers uses names of corporate companies, Individuals and courts and even the security agencies to scam innocent citizen of their hard earned income.
Your case is prominent among this victims. And in conjunction with United states CIA, we are working diligently to get to the root of this. We got your email address through United states Ambassador in Benin, and of course you are from United states because your information are there clearly stated by western Union.
Now, for the sake of your freedom, we will like to know more about your transactions in west Africa here, and why all this fees are sent.
Bear in mind, we are to take serious negative actions against you if this emails is not replied within short time period.
West Africa Security Team

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