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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: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:28:01 +0100
Subject: Re: Your first cash payment $5,
000.00 USD Western Union Transfer Control Number (MTCN)##044-702-0274

Address: 701 Market St #5400, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
Hours: call or Text Number +1(260) 407-7035

Open today · 8:30AM–5PM

Attn: Valuable Customer,

I am contacting you because I've sent you the first payment of $5,000 today from your total sum of $ USD as a result overdue contract/Inheritance Funds/Compensation Funds and your Lottery Winning funds so far.Therefore you need to Contact western union Managing Director Mrs. Rose Patrick, for her to give you the transfer payment information and MTCN...

Managing Director: Mrs. Rose Patrick
Phone: +1(260) 407-7035

Copy/paste and track your payment here on below link:

Copy this link and see your wining memebers:

And contact her with your full information

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. City,State,Zip code:
4. Phone Number:
5. Nationality:
6. Sex:
7. Date of Bath:
8. Occupation:

Please try to contact her today for her to forward the payment information to you, remember to indicate the registration code of EB-2237 to her when E-
mailing or calling her, also she will be sending you $5,000.00 daily as per our office discussion with her,Do get in touch with me once you have received
the transfer.

Please copy this email( and paste before replying to her or simply call her at this number:+1(260) 407-7035 Or you SMS her on Her
number: +1(260) 407-7035

We waiting your urgent kind respond for the proceed of the transfer of your fund to you immediately.

Dr. James L. Williams (ESQ).

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