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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: Mr William Long <"www.">
Reply-To: Mr William Long <>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 20:03:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn: Good day

Attn: Good day

We have deposited the check of your fund four million five hundred thousand united State Dollars ($4.500`000`USDA) through Western Union department after our finally meeting regarding your over due payment,All you will do is to contact Western Union Director Dr Kevin Anthony with the below E-mail address ( will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds on daily Basis.Remember to send him,with your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

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Though,Dr Kevin Anthony has sent $5000 in your name today so
contact Dr Kevin Anthony call him +229-98805918
Remember to send him,with your Full information to avoidwrong transfer such as, question/answer to pick the $5,000
Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Mr William Long

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