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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: Red Echi Don <"www.">
Reply-To: Red Echi Don <>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:52:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: your long awaited fund

your long awaited fund

This is to inform you that your $6.4 Million USD(Six Million and Four Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) is no longer in Africa.Sequel to the latest UN meeting in Brussels,Belgium regarding the rapid increase of online theft and also the downfall of economy in African regions.

Investigations has proved that you are being contacted by Western union offices,Money gram,some fake bank official including numerouscouriers regarding this payment.All are fraudsters and do not have any payment for you except embezzling your hard earned money.As i am writing you now,your $6.4 Million USD is forwarded to the African Union Finance Commission(AUFC) under the UN provisions on foreign payment related issues.

Your $6.4 Million USD has been packaged in an iron sealed consignment box which is registered with the speedy mail delivery as an ambassadoral package.The diplomat moves to united states with your consignment yesterday and have successfully arrived Richmond international airport,Virginia,USA,Please reconfirm your contact address to him now because he is waiting for you.Contact him with the below information:

Agent Name.....joseph jean
Contact Phone... Tel: +1 27 06 93 25 89
You can reach him with the above number and make sure you reconfirm the
following information to him in order to avoid wrong delivery.

Your Full Name............
Complete House Address........
Contact Telephone Numbers.......
Nearest International Airport.......
Treat this matter as urgency in order to receive your long awaited fund.Mr
joseph jean will be waiting to hear from you ASAP.
Red Echi Don

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