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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: "Mr. Paul Harrry" <>
Date: Tue, 08 Oct 2019 07:36:26 -0700
Subject: First Payment of $5000 Release 107

You are advice to contact Herbert Edward with this below information for release of your total fund of $7.5Million via western union, You will be receiving $5000 per day till the total fund is completely transferred to you.

CONTACT PERSON: "Herbert Edward"
TELEPHONE: + 229 613 14 823

Contact him now with your personal details so that he will provide you with the Western Union payment details which you need to pick your first payment at any Western Union outlet nearest to you,

1. Your Full Name?
2. Your Address?
3. Cell / Mobile Number?
4. Your Age?
5. Your Country?

Harry Smith

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