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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 John Frank <"USA.">
Reply-To: MR John Frank <>
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2017 21:00:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention My Dear

Attention My Dear

We have deposited the check of your fund ($4.800`000`00USD) through
Western Union department after our final meeting regarding your
fund,All you will do is to contact Western Union director DR david
He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds
daily.Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong
transfer such as,

Receiver's Name____
Address: __________
Country: __________
Phone Number: _____

Though, DR. david william has sent $4000 in your name today Senders so
contact DR. david william or you call him +229_62621170 as soon as you
receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, sender name and
question/answer to pick the $4000 Please let us know as soon as you
received all your fund,

MR John Frank

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