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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: "Rev. Dr. John Wool," <>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:03:05 +0300
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,


This is to inform you that the America Embassy office was instructed
to transfer your fund $10 million dollars U.S Dollars compensating
all the SCAM VICTIMS and your email was found as one of the VICTIMS.
by America security leading team and America representative officers
so between today till 28th Of October 2018 you will be receiving the
sum of $5000dollars per day. However be informed that we have already
sent the $5,000 dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your
payment, remain the total sum of $10 million dollars.

You have only six hours to call this office upon the receipt of this
email the maximum amount you will be receiving per a day starting from
today's $5,000 and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is below.

NOTE; The sent $5,000 is on hold because of the instruction from IMF
office, they asked us to place it on hold by requesting the (Clean
Bill Record Certificate) in order to fulfill all the necessary
obligation to avoid any hitches while sending you the payment through
Western Union money transfer, the necessary obligation i mean here is
to obtain the (Clean Bill Record Certificate)

Below is the information of today track it to see is available to pick
up by the receiver, but if we didn’t here from you soon we'll pickup
it up from line for security reason to avoid hackers stealing the
money online.

1)Senders Name:: Holly Waldon
2)MTCN Number::: 7298423178
3)Amount::: $5000.00 USD.
4)Test Question: Color
5)Answer: Blue
6)Amount: $5000.00

We need the below details from you, to enable us place the payment to
your name and transfer the fund to you.

(Full Receivers name)................
(Your Country)...................
( Address)...................... .
(Phone Number).....................

Furthermore you are advised to call us as the instruction was passed
that within 6hours without hearing from you, Count your payment
canceled. Number to call is below listed manager director office of
release order:

+229 68758411
Thanks Rev. Dr. John Wool,

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