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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: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:39:38 +0800 (CST)

Dear Friend,

This is to inform you that His Excellence the PRESIDENT OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF BENIN DR. THOMAS YAYI BONI, and The Board of federal ministry of finance Benin republic has Instructed Money Gram Department to send your funds $1.500 000 00 million united state dollars to you through Money Gram money transfer for easier receive of your inherited funds without any further delay, and to avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the global.

You are required to send your name and address where you want your fund to be send to you through Money Gram, the maximum amount you will be receiving each day starting from tomorrow is the sum of $10,000.00 dollars, also your are required to send them your name and address as it below.

Beneficiary name---------
Tel phone------------

Contact Money Gram office with this information below:

Contact Person: Mr. Eduward Moore
TEL: +229 9323 3507
EMAIL: ( )

Mr. Eduward Moore will send your first payment $10.000 dollar to you as soon as you send your contact information to them. Make sure you cantact money gram office today to enable you receive your first $10.000 dollar on tomorrow.

Best Regards
Daniel Chukwu

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