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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: "PROFESSOR HASSAN .KENS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2020 23:27:37 -0700

ttention, I am happy to inform you that , we have concluded to effect your own payment through Western Union ® Money Transfer, Out of total sum of M$1.700.000USD alocated to your name as compensation, you are to receive the first payment of US$10,000.00 daily which you're expecting to pickup the sum of US$10,000.00 until the total sum of your compensation fund of amount the sum of USD$1,700,000.00 only (One Million seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
only is being transferred to you directly through this medium or rather to your designated bank account at once.

BELOW IS THE MTCN AND TRACKING WEBSITE TO ENABLE YOU TRACK YOUR FIRST PROGRAMMED APPROVED PAYMENT. PLEASE DO CLICK THIS WEBSITE UNDER TO START TRACKING YOUR PAYMENT ONLINE. Do this by contacting the person in charge of your last 3 digits to be completed. It can not be released online here due to some security reasons.
Transfer Status
Tracking # (MTCN):7777131???

Email Dr Hills Iwu, asking him to give you the last 3 digits for your compensation. You will have to pay him for the security fee of $150usd only before he give you this.

Do email him on (

Once again ask him to give you name and address of the agent through whom you will send this official fee of $150usd only.

Amount Programmed To Pickup: US$10,000.00

Accept my congratulations
Yours sincerely,

Prof. Hassan Kenessen

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