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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.Richard A.Iwu" <"Richard.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Richard A.Iwu" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 01:22:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Reference Number (REF): 8258568130

WU® Cash Transfer
Office address:No 455 paperbark carer ranee,
carefree turbocharger Road narobi,

Dear Customer,
This is to inform you that we ministry of finance want to use this medium to send you your fund through western union we have sent your first payment of $5,000.00 (Five
Thousand dollars) through western Union. as we have been given the mandate to
transfer your full compensation fund of $10 Million Dollars via Western Union
by the IMF.I called to give you the information through phone but we could not
reach you even this morning.
So,I was instructed to email you the payment information which include
Reference (Money Transfer Control Number) and sender's name,so that you can
pick up your first payment of $5,000.00 to enable us send another payment of
$5,000.00 by tomorrow as you know we shall be sending you only $5,000.00 per
day but if you will meet up to be fast in picking it we might send twice or more than per day.

Here is the information to pick up your first payment of $5000 through Western
Union store close to you

Reference Number (REF): 8258568130
sender first Name: Richard
Sender Last Name:Tenison
Text question ;God
Text Answer: Saves
(Reference) 8258568130
Amount: $5,000

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Thanks for choosing western Union and we ministry of finance need your adiqate co operation in this transaction.
Sign: Richard A.Iwu
Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Mr.Richard A.Iwu
Email: (

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