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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Rev.Fracises Martin." <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 15:33:20 +0100 (BST)
Subject: PAYMENT

Attention: Beneficiary,Please,We have this month of July 2013 received a payment credit instruction from the federal Government and United Nation (UN) to credit your account with your contract payment which is in the custody of our Bank account here MONEY GRAM ONLINE CASH. 
This is to notify you that your funds $3.7 MILLION (USD) has been programmed for immediate release into your nominated account but we can not transfer this funds directly to your nominated bank account,Because International Monetary Fund (IMF) didn't abide the plan by transferring the whole payment at once, so we scheduled earlier to pay you $6,000 on daily basis through MONEY GRAM ONLINE CASH. 
It became imperative to contact you on the subject matter because after the fund has been brought to our office to remit. somebody from your country by name Charles Porter contacted us and said you are on sick bed and ordered him to contact us to remit the USD$3.7Million using his information to pick up your fund presently under our custody for transfer on your behalf.The Official responsible for the presentation of your money valued  USD$3.7 Million Winning quickly granted approvals to their application now waiting for final endorsement from Board of Trustees. 
When our BANK Debit Note was submitted to my desk for final Approvals before forwarding it to Board for endorsement, I noticed that there are discrepancies as there was no evidence of authorization letter from you for Charles Porter to receive the fund on your behalf.I urgently summoned The Official responsible for the presentation of the winning and directed him to stop the movement of the funds and at the same time placed a stop order instruction on the funds pending when your views and comments are received with regards to this matter. 
I hereby urged you to call or email me urgently for your comments which will be highly appreciated if you are still alive or not on sick bed with sum of require activation fee of $75 which you will send before we commence the transfer of your first payment $6,000.00usd immediately, because we will not hesitate to continue the payment transfer activation with the name of the gentleman on claim if no response come from you. Contact me on this number :+229 993 759 82  or e-mail; me back using this as your silence will be a clear indication that you authorized him to effect the above changes. 
Get back to us immediately with this email;  Also fill the information below to help us facilitate your transfer via MONEY GRAM ONLINE CASH 1) Your Full Name:.............2) Country and Mobile:. .3) Home/ Office Address:....4) Profession and Age:.......   Am waiting for your urgent response.   Rev.Fracises Martin.Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Benin Republic,

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