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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2010 19:13:21 +0100

Attention: Beneficiary,

My dear be informed that your fund of Nine Hundred thousand United State Dollars ( £900,000.00 UK pounds) has been deposited to Money Gram for immediate transfer, The payment will be sent to you instalmentally by Money Gram, the amount you will receive per each day is £6,500.00 (Six thousand Five Hundred UK pounds )The Minister Trust Funds of United Nation will be sending to you the current standard track details you need to pick up your ( £6,500.00) payment by Money Gram every day till you receive the total amount of Nine Hundred thousand UK pounds.

The Director Administrator trust funds have already signed your payment, now you are free to contact the Money Gram payment office on this below.

Sir James Goodluck
Money Gram Department Benin,
Mobile:+229 98143467
E-mail:( )

The 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(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

Note that the administrator payment needs these details from you to process your payment:

Your full name________________________
Your address__________________________
Your country__________________________
Your age______________________________
Your occupation_______________________
Your Direct Phone number______________

Comply now by asking Mr. James Goodluck your payment Reference Number because as soon as you sent this required details to James Goodluck, he will start sending your payment by Money Gram, And do let me know immediately you get your money for us to share the joy together.

Mrs. Mary Williams
Accountant General

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