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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 Management" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 08:58:52 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS.....


This is to inform you that the America Embassy office was instructed to transfer your fund $385,000.00 US Dollars compensating all the SCAM VICTIMS, and your email was found as one of the VICTIMS by the America security leading team and America’s representative officers. So between today the 26th of AUG till 30th Of Sept 2018 you will be receiving the sum of $5,000.00 dollars per day. However be informed that we have already sent the first $5,000.00 dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment, remaining the total sum of $385,000.00.

You have only six hours to Call# email this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per day “starting from today is $5,000.00 and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is below.

NOTE: The sent $5,000.00 is on-hold because of the instruction from US Embassy’s Delegates, they asked us to place it on hold by requesting the (Clean Bill Record Certificate) in order to fulfill all necessary obligation to avoid any hitches while sending you the payment through Western Union money transfer, the necessary obligation i mean here is to obtain the (Clean Bill Record Certificate).

Below is the information of today, you may not be able to track it in our website because the obligation has not been carried out. We haven’t affected it online for security reasons, to avoid hackers stealing the money online.

Sender Name:....... Evidence Onuowa Chukwuka
MTCN:.............. 401-0862-087
Question:.......... When
Answer:............ Now
Amount:............ $5,000.00

We need the below details from you, to enable us fully activate the payment to your name for it to reflect in your country's western union branch office, and to update our file records:

1. Your Full Names:....................
2. Postal Address:.....................
3. Phone Number:.......................
4. Age:................................
5. Occupation: ........................

Furthermore you are advised to pay for $105 for the Clean Bill Certificate so that your first $5000 will be available for you to pick up immediately via western union,The fee should be sent to our account department officer with the details below

Receivers Name: Evidence Onuowa Chukwuka
City: Lagos
Country: Nigeria
Question: When
Answer: Now
Amount: $105

Please do call us as the instruction was passed that within 24hours without hearing from you, Consider your payment canceled. Contact them with this email ( )

Mr Andrew Quavo
(Western Union Management.)

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