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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. Terry david" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Terry david" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:15:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention My Dear,

Attention My Dear,

This is to inform you that your $7.5M USD will be send to you via
Money Gram Money Transfer. The total amount mentioned above is with
Money Gram outlet and they will send the money via Money Gram to
you. Note you will be receiving $5000 every day . The Money is coming from
United Nation, And it is for your compensation fund for been a scam victim in the past
Therefore i want you to email Mr Nelson Williams the Money Gram supervisor and ask him to
give you the REFERENCE Number you need to pick up the first $5,000 today.

Call Mr Nelson Williams now and ask him to give you REFERENCE Number and every other
information need to pick up your $5,000 today. Here is what he may
require from you..

Your Receiver Name...
Your Country.....

Contact Email;(click reply) OR ( telephone.+1-661- 413-3882
Contact person Mr Nelson Williams.

Mr.Terry david

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