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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:

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 18:26:08 +0900 (KST)

Attn: Beneficary.

This is to notify you that after the meeting held on 16th  of  feb  2011. His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN DR YAYI BONI. Has instructed this Department to send your funds through money gram transfer for easier receive of your inherited funds without any further avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the WORLD .

Now we have arranged your payment of ($4.850 million United State dollars ) in Money Gram, to be sent to you through money gram transfer payment: Your payment will sending to you by money gram the amount you will receive per day is $7,000,The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently standards track details you need to pick up your ($7,000) payment by money gram you will receive every day till you receive the $4.850 million United State dollars .

The direct administrator trust funds have already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with the Maco payment office on this email:(
contact person Hon David Williams
,Mobile: phone +229-98678910.

Meanwhile note: That this is not one of those Nigerian/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 United Kingdom Head Office and our Motto is To Serve You Better.So send us your details information from you to process your payment:

Receiver name=======
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Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Mr.Godwin Onuoha he will start sending your payment by Money Gram Regards to you and your family ,Thanks and be
Mr.Godwin Onuoha ,

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