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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: Steven Justine <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:18:30 -0700

I write to inform you that we have
already sent you $5000.00. Unite State Dollars through Western union as we have
been given the mandate to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of
$4.800.000.00 (four Million eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) via
western union by our Government,
I was trying to send you an E-mail since yesterday with the Western Union
payment Details but the message keep returning back I don't really know why,
therefore I try to re-send the e-mail to you again today with all the Western
Union payment information for you to pick up the money from any location
Western Union around you,.
Here is the Western Union information
MTCN: ___________#953 684 4393
Sender's Name: ____fallon poatton
Text Question:______trust
Amount: __________$5000.00.
Please copy all this information and run to any nearest Western Union location
of your choice to pick up the $5000.00. And call me back to send you another
payment today, my direct phone line is +234-903-729-9590, Call me once you pick up
the info Manager Dr.Anthony J William  call or email me { }
once you picked up this $5000.00. United State Dollars to enable me send you another
information to you today,
I am waiting for your call once you pick up this $5000.00. Please E-mail me
your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send any
payment for the information. Note we really need your current direct phone so
that once we make any payment we shall call you for the MTCN.
Yours in Service
Dr.Anthony J William
Western Union Department Abuja Nigeria


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