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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.James Richard" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.James Richard" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:03:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention please!!!

Attention please!!!

We have deposited the check of your fund ($10.500`000`00USD) through Western Union
department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to
contact Western Union director Mr.James Richardvia E-mail:( He
will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.Remember to
send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as

Receiver's Name..._______________
Address: ..________________
Country: ..._____________
Phone Number: ._____________

Though, Mr.James Richard has sent $5000 in your name today so contact Mr.James Richard or
you call him +22999752214 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give
you the Mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick up the $5000 Please let us

know as soon as you received all your fund

Best Regards.
Mr.James Richard

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