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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: "Mrs. Jeanette Mann" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2018 18:56:00 +0900 (JST)

Attention Dear Beneficiary:

We have deposited the check of your funds ($3.500,000,00 USD) through Western Union department after our final meeting regarding your funds transfer, The first thing you will do now is to contact Western Union director Mr. Fabian Jones via E-mail ( ). He will gives you more direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily until the whole transfer is done in your favor okay.

Remember to send him your full transfer information to avoid wrong transfer such as:

Receiver's Name_________
Address: ________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________

Though, Mr. Mallam Ahmed has sent $5000 USD in your name today so contact Mr. Fabian Jones or you can equally call him with the below phone number +229-69167144, as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Mtcn, Sender Name and Question/Answer to pick the $5000 USD Please let us know as soon as you received all your funds okay.

Best Regards
Mrs. Jeanette Mann.

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