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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. Johnson Ube" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Johnson Ube" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 01:19:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Payment Order File.

Payment Order File.

Dear Customer

We are wishing you happy New month and here to inform you about our final conclusion to commence your
compensation payment through Western Union Transfer at maximum of $5,000 daily until your $3.5
Million USD is completely transferred to you accordingly.

I'm the accountant officer Mr. Johnson Ube and have been resigned as the Director of supervision on your 2017 new
year auditing program and has signed your installment payment with first $5,000 transfer in your name today and
need you to contact us back on email or call below phone number with your Valid ID, mobile phone number to
verify your name with MTCN: 544-602-9751 and post your first $5,000 transfer available for pickup in your city within 5mins.

Name: Dr.Achman Ego

So hasten up and give the agent a call to process your payment at once. Ask him for the MTCN sender name
and test Question/Answer to pick up your first payment of $5,000.Once again congratulations.

Thanks For your patient and cooperation.

We give you best of

Mr. Johnson Ube
Director of supervision,
2017 Auditing Program

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