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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: William Obinna <"www.">
Reply-To: William Obinna <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 19:10:35 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good news to you from the united nation

We want to inform you that the united nation organization has taking over the inheritance of your funds that worths $55.7million usd and every possible arrangements has been made to transfer your funnds to you and we have inform the bank diector that will commence the transfer into your bank account

but the only needed fee is $150 for the transfer charge and immediately you send the fee it will enable us to proceed with the transfer of your funds that worths $55.7million usd into your bank account so you have to contact us now with your full details to avoid wrong transfer such as

YOUR NAME..............
YOUR ADRESSS............
YOUR COUNTRY............
YOUR CITY..............
YOUR ID.............
YOUR AGE............
YOUR GENDER...........
YOUR INCOME............

immediately you have contacted with your full needed details ask them where to send the fee so that they can give you the information that you will use to send the fee and immediately they gave you the information proceed and make the payments and get back to us so that we can proceed and commence your transfer immediately do not forget to inform us that you have recieved your funds immediately we transfer it to your bank account so that we can know that we have commenced the transfer
thanks for understanding best regards

Mr William Obinna director of the united nation organization.
Email.( )
Phone.( +22999619875 )

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