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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: "Mrs. Elizabeth Anthony" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:16:58 +0100
Subject: Contact Money Gram For Your $4.5 Million USA Dollars.

Dear Sir/Madam,

There is an issue with the Money Gram Money Transfer in the amount of ($4.5MUSD) Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars to the beneficiary directed in cash credited to file KT U/926775/03, at the owner of this email address. The International Monetary Fund contacted us for your Inheritance fund a couple of hours ago due to your allocated security code.We are unable to complete a transfer directed at an email address, so we require some more information in order to complete this transfer with our money gram department.Here are the information’s needed for you to fill out:

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Marital Statue:
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Nationality:
8. Tel.Number:
9. Country of Residence.

In order to resolve this problem, please email via Money Gram Solicitors Fund Verification Department: BANK OF AFRICA MONEY GRAM OPERATION DEPARTMENT.P.O. BOX 24129 BENIN REPUBLIC

Bellow is their contact-
Contact Person: Mr.Bobby James Money Gram Payment Center BENIN REPUBLIC,
Tel: +22997046880

As soon as this information is received, our Money Gram Money Transfer Department will release the first payment of $7,000..00USD (Seven Thousand United State Dollars) Transfer Reference Number to you, complied over the cost of Inheritance file to enable our money gram replace your name on the first payment. Only charge in receiving of this first payment is the cost of obtaining the inheritance file, contact our money gram Mr.Bobby James, he will direct best on how to get the needed Inheritance file.

When emailing, please use the (Reference number 250-33) for our mutual convenience.Remember that once the Inheritance files issue you will start receiving your daily payment per $7,000.00USD till the total ($4.5MUSD) Four Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars transfer to your name.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Elizabeth Anthony
Customer Service.

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