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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: MAY BANK <>
Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2018 15:04:03 -0800

Attention DEAR Customer,

We have deposited the check of your fund ($10,700,000,00USD) through
western union after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you
will do is to contact manager director for may bank Email:( ) He will give you more direction on how you will
be receiving the funds $4000 twice daily. Remember to send him your
Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as:

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________
I.D Card:_____________

The first payment of $4000 is about to be send today in your name So
contact their Director donaid phillip as soon as you receive this
email or call him TEL +17169805027 and tell him to give you the Mtcn,
to pick the $4000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your

Yours Faithful
donaid phillip
director for may bank

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