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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: "Western Union Office " <"westernunion.">
Reply-To: "Western Union Office " <>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:51:48 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention My Dear

Attention My Dear

Your first payment of $5000.00 has been sent today via Western
Union.You are advise to Contact Western Union with your full
information to enable them give you Sender Name, Question and Answer
to pick up your First $5000 MTCN= (6368-406-063) sender name (Peggy
Beise) For more information contact Mr. John Ben Tele: +229-6899-2326 you can also text him with his office number (+1323)-320-8553
Email ( he'll keep sending your payment until
your total fund of 2.5M is Completed

Receiver's Name________
Address: ____________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: ________

Best Regards,

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