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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: "TANNA WINGARY(Dr.)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2019 16:43:51 -0800
Subject: Re:Happy New !

Hello Dear,
Payment Approval,
Sorry to have contacted you through this medium without a previous notice; I had to use the email because it is the easiest and more confidential way of making contact with people around the world.
This communication is to inform you that we have programmed your payment of the $10,000.000.00 USD to be received by you in person , you are further not expected to pay a dime for the receiving of your funds and anybody who asks you to pay money must be lying to you. We have worked out all the modality for you to receive your funds without any further lapses.
The $10,000.000.00 USD funds is currently in our corresponding vault in Holland now, and for security purpose we moved the documentation to our corresponding vault where you need to come in person to sign your transfer legalization paper work.
We have further arranged to pay your flight cost and hotel reservation for the trip, so that as soon as your funds are received by you then you can reimburse me of all the expenses that i made for your trip where the legalization materials will be sign and giving to you in person to bring along to the paying Bank.
You should also note that the mode of sharing ratio is 40% for you and 50% for me while the bank will take 10% for all expenses.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as I look forward to helping you receive your funds without any hitches.
Please reply me to my official email address:
Expect your valued response.
Best Regards,
Tanna Wingary (Dr.)


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