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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: davidjoe <>
Reply-To: " " < >
Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:04:40 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Our Beloved Client

This is to inform you that we've taken it upon ourselves that you receive your
long awaited funds which has been uploaded into Western Union Money Transfer
database for your easy pick up.

I want you to stop any other transaction you have at hand now in order to
secure this fund within the time limit to avoid had i know which you will
regret late if you disobey this order.
You're advised to contact Western Union Money Transfer Consultant with below
information and be sure to abide by what he says because you only have a
time period to claim your $5Million Dollars as sson as possible.
Contact the Western Union Money Transfer Consultant by filling up below form
Full Name
Cell Phone Number
Email Address
Next Of Kin

Do contact him right now via email address so that he can be able to process
your pick up information as soon as possible.
Congratulations in advance.
Mr. David Joe
Western Union Money Transfer Consultant
World Wide.

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