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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: "Money Gram International Money Transfer" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2013 05:16:22 +0530
Subject: REFERENCE# / 66057400

I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5,000.00
through MoneyGram as we have been given the mandate to
transfer your
full compensation payment total sum of $250,000.00USD via MoneyGram
by the United Nations Government.

I have on a good authority email you the REFERENCE# and sender's
info to enable you pick up the first $5,000.00USD and confirm
receipt to us so as to enable us wire the next USD $5,000.00 by
tomorrow and subsequent ones since we can only send $5,000.00 a

Please pick up this information and get to any MoneyGram in
your country to pick up the $5,000.00 and email: the MoneyGram
outlets in-charge of the payment so that they could send you
another payment tomorrow

Email : them once you picked
up the $5,000.00 today, if
there is any problem with them paying you make sure to contact
this MoneyGram outlet with the information given to you above.

Below is the MoneyGram information for pick up:

Sender information:
REFERENCE# / 66057400
SenderName Ronald Mundy
Tel: +44 7012905170
Amount / $5,000

They will be expecting your call once you pick up $5,000.00.

Best Regards,
Mr. Paul Howard
MoneyGram Outlet Manager

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