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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:

Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:40:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention beneficiary,Your first payment of 500$ have been sent through western union today from your total fund of 1.5 million dollars {USD} below are the information of the payment for your pick up in any nearest western union location :Sender name :FRANCISCO GATDULA,City :SAN DIMAS,MTCN NUMBER : 8503166837,Your urgent reply is needed with your full detail for the activation of the first payment to your ID card name to enable you pick up your first payment today through western union ,also for the activ

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