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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 Head of Foreign Operations" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2010 18:13:48 +0200
Subject: Hello

Attn Beneficiary :

This is to notify you that after the meeting held on 26th of June 2010. His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. Has Instructed this Department to send your funds through money gram

transfer for easier receive of your inherited funds without any further delay. to avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the WORLD.

Now we have arranged your payment of $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State dollars )to be sent to you through money gram transfer payment: Your payment will be send to you by money gram the amount you will

receive per day is $7,000,The minister trust funds of West Africa Nigeria will send you the currently standards track details(REFERENCE NUMBER) you need to pick up your ($7,000) payment by money gram you will

receive every day till you receive the $2,000,000.00 Two Million United State dollars,

Now The direct or administrator trust funds have already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with our mace payment office on this.

However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your (REFERENCE NUMBER), also note that you would be responsible for any payment that is needed or at the counter directly, from the money gram

Transferring Bank of your payment by money gram per day $7,000 Only every day in your name.

Mr. Charles Phillip
Contact E-mail: ( )
Tel: +234-708-304-5364

The financial money gram payment center has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person or office to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

Therefore the only fee you have to pay them is $300 United States Dollars only use to renewing of your file today for the Activation of the (MONEY GRAM REFERENCE NUMBER)

Meanwhile note: That this is not one of those African scams that all they are after is to ripe you off your money and at the end you will not receive your funds, but note that this is no scam and is directly from the

Management of money gram Transfer West Africa Head Office and our Motto is To Serve You Better.

So send us your details information from you to process your payment:

Your name============

Receiver name=======




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Occupation ==============

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details and also the payment of $300 United States Dollars which is needed to Mr. Charles Phillip. he will send you your (MONEY GRAM REFERENCE NUMBER) so you

can receive you payment by Money Gram office near you.


Regards to you and your family,

Mr. John Wilson
Money Gram Head of Foreign Operations
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