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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: Mrs Esther oly <>
Reply-To: Mrs Esther oly <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 01:08:24 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Payment Department

I have sent you several notices concerning the claim of your benefitthat was paid to you as compensation from Benin Republic following mypetition against the Government as a human right activist to compensateyou with the sum of $3,500,000.00 USD But I have not heard from you eversince and I hope you will reply this last notice. You were meant to bereceiving $5,000.00 usd daily until it completes the correct amount of$5,500,000.00 USD, For better understanding of what I meant,

Kindly contact the below person for immediate payment of your fund.Mr. Philip EdwardDirector Western Union Payment DepartmentCustomer service: +229 9888-7183.
1. Your Full Name:2. Address:3. Nationality:4. Occupation:5. Mobile Number:6. Private E-Mail
Mrs.Esther Oly

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