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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: "Western Union" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2018 14:33:06 -0500

Good Morning
  We are glad to bring to your notify that western Union money transfer board of director is given out compensation to our lost scam victim who has been using Western Union as mean of sending money worldwide, which the FBI report that we should investigate some of this victim record to compensate them with the money we have recovered from those imposter.
This transaction is hightly confidential your payment reference number will be release to you as soon as you receive your williness to process further regarding your lost money.
Note this below information is needed for verification and confirmation of your Compensation money.
Full Name:
phone Number
Once above information is verify your confirmation will be process of your first release payment.
Our leadership team remains true to our vision and values, putting customers' evolving needs at the center of our innovation and holding up trust and convenience as the hallmarks of our business.
Also make sure you check your email often to ensure a speedy transfer of your winning money to you. Check both your INBOX and JUNK because your email may be received in either INBOX or JUNK because network problem.
Thank you
Hikmet Ersek

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