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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.Gloria Emeka" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mrs.Gloria Emeka" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 21:26:34 +0900 (JST)


Please we need your current home address and telephone number to enable us
start sending your $2.5Million Dollars to you through western union as we were
instructed by

the minister of finance benin republic this morning to be sending you $5,000.00 each day
till the whole amount $2.5Million Dollars,Call Mr,william watts, now and ask
him to give you

MTCN and every other information you need to pick up your $5,000.00 today. Here
is what he may require from you.

Your Receiver name--------------
Your Country--------------------
Your City-----------------------
Your Tel-----------------------
Your Test Question--------------
Your Id-------------------------
Forward the information here;

( ) Or Call Mr,william watts On telephone +229 99-666-407 or text him on USA line+1(805) 298-7590
Mrs.Gloria Emeka
Director, Chair of the Compensation and Benefits Committee

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