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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: "Mrs. Susan Frank" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:50:44 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Your payment is ready for pickup


We have deposited the check of your fund ($5.700`000`USD) through Western
Union department after our finally meeting regarding your fund,All you
will do is to contact Western Union agent Mr. Lyon Fowler E-mail he will give you the direction on how you will
be receiving the funds daily and remember to send him your full
information to avoid wrong transfer such as.

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Now Mr.Lyon Fowler has sent $3,500 in your name today so contact Mr. Lyon
Fowler and call him +22962284995 please remember to send him your full
information to avoid wrong transfer and ask him to you give you the MTCN,
question and answer to pickup for first $3,500 payment and let me know as
soon as you received all your fund.

Best Regard
Mrs. Susan Frank

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