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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: Agent Mariam Udogadi <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 03:49:31 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Contact Money Gram for your approved payment of ($1.3m)

Attn: My Dear ,
We have arranged your payment of ($1.3 million USD) One million Three hundred thousand united state dollars Previously in ATM payment card to be sent to you through western union money transfer payment: Your payment will sent to you by Money Gram.
The amount you will receive per day is $10,000 The minister trust funds and IMF boards of Benin Republic will send you the current standard track details you will need to pick up your ($7,000) payment by money gram, you will receive every day till you receive the ($1.3Million USD), now no need to send you this ATM card because you can not be able to withdraw the ATM card due to the ATM master card contain large money on it.
The director administrator trust funds has already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with MG payment office on this email:( however, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your payment by money gram per $7,000 a day.
Money Gram department.
Benin Republic.
Telphone:(+229 98 42 80 92)
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(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment. Note that the administrator payment need this details from you to process your payment and the only money you will pay is the registration and activation fee of $175 before you will start receiving your fund.
Receiver name---------------
Test question---------------

Comply now because as soon as you send this required details to MR OTUNA IGBO, he will start sending your payment by Money gram.
Agent Mariam Udogadi

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