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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: "Rev. Johnson Ugo" <"WWohara1.1.">
Reply-To: Mr Wisley Christain <>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 10:34:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Please

I just received an email from Mr Wisley Christain the Director Of Best-Way
Express Company Benin that the ATM CARD valued the sum of (10Million USD
Dollars) which I sent to you was returned back due to wrong address
provided, They need the reconfirmation of the following information's:

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Phone Number:
Your Age and occupation:

They will require you to pay for International Delivery Permit Certificate
fee, please don't hesitate to pay it immediately so they will recommence
the shipment and also forward you your tracking information to you. Just
send me a brief email as soon as you received the shipment.

Your registration code is (BWE/14160/2016), use it as your subject when
contacting them so they will recognize you and attend to you without any

Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regards
Rev. Johnson Ugo

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