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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: Frank Morgan <"www.">
Reply-To: Frank Morgan <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 17:12:31 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn: Dear,

Contact Director Mr Frank Morgan
Telephone Number: +229-62718441

Dear customer,

We have deposited the check of your fund worth of (us$7.500,00 usd) through western union department after our final meeting regarding your fund,All you will do now is to contact western union director:


with all your full information.
He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily payment the agreement is ($5,000 usd) daily Until the whole funds is transferred to you, Contact western union Director Mr Frank Morgan send him your full information to avoid wrong transfer, though, Mrs. Franklin Moore has sent ($5,000 usd) in your name today.

So contact David Mike or you call him : (+229-62718441) as soon as receive this e-mail and tell him to give you the mtcn number, sender name, question/answer to pick the ($5,000 usd) please let us know as soon as you received all your funds.

Best regards.
Mrs. Hilda Davis
Contact western union very urgent.

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