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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: "Mr. Cox Jame" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 16:46:32 -0500


Attn Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that after the meeting held on 24th of MAY 2012.The Money-Gram Board Of Directors United State Of America. 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 ($1.3Million United State dollars ) in ATM payment card, 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 $8,000,The minister trust funds of United State Of America will send you the currently standards track details you need to pick up your ($8,000) payment by money gram you will receive every day till you receive the total of $1.3Million United State dollars, 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 o!
n it

The direct or administrator trust funds have already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with we Maco payment office on this email:( However, kindly contact the below person who is in position to release also note that you would be responsible for any payment that is needed for the transfer of your funds into your nominated email or at the counter directly, from the money gram Transferring Bank. Your
payment by money gram. per day $8,000 Only every day for your name. Contact E-mail: ( Mr. Ben Johnson.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.Therefore the only fee you have to pay them is $186 USD only that they will use to renewing of your file today for you to
have your funds.

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 State Of America 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: ............
Country: ..................
City: .....................
Tel: ......................
Test Question: ............
Answer: ...................
ID ATTACHED :..............

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Mr. Ben Johnson he will start sending your payment by Money Gram

Regards to you and your family,
Thanks and be bless .
Mr. Cox Jame.


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