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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. Peter Johnson" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Peter Johnson" <>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 00:25:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear,

Date of issue : 5/27/2017
Maturing At : 5/27/2017
Amount : 950,000.00 USD


Hello Dear,

We refer to thirty- six (36) payments sent to our branch on the 5/27/2017 under the instructions of the International Centre for Settlement of Contracts & Investments Disputes (ICSID) which is a United Nations World Bank Assisted Project to compensate 10 owed foreign contractors/scam victims with the sum of US$950,000 each through Western Union Services.

Further to this, Your name was shortlisted and submitted to us as the beneficiary to one of the payments under the above-mentioned transaction references. We have been trying to reach you on the phone to give you the MTCN and the deposit slip all to no avail. However, be informed that We have concluded arrangement to effect your payment through a daily Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN).

But the maximum amount you shall be receiving henceforth is $5,000 daily until the total funds is completely paid out to you.Kindly contact Western Union Branch Agent with the below information for the pick up details:

Contact Person: David Frank
Contact Email:
Contact Phone Number: +234 80505 53641

Make Sure you contact him with your Contract/Inheritance reference number S076554920134392/AF298/WQM1/Z01 and your current contact details such as;

1. Your Full Names: ...............................
2. Your Cell Phone Number:.........................
3. Your Home Address: .............................
4. Your Occupation:................................
5. Your Age and Sex:...............................

Although, a non-activated daily installment of 5,000.00 USD has been inputted and sent to your name, so kindly contact Mr.David Frank and tell him to give you the MTCN, Sender Name, Question/Answer to pick the 5,000.00 USD.

Please let me know as soon as you have received it.

Thank you.
Mr. Peter Johnson.
Branch Mgr, Product/Service Dept.

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