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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: "Dr. Steven Powell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:29:16 -0700
Subject: RE: KT5-086-NCD


We are happy to inform you that arrangement has been concluded for your payment worth of $1.7M with the management of M-G Money Transfer Agency in accordance with WAMA-O mandate on all unpaid beneficiaries from ECOWAS, the agreement to pay you via Money-Gram money transfer Service is to avoid any further request of paying for bank transfer charges; for Money-Gram is easy, safe and fastest way to receive your Funds without spending more money.

Please note; all you required to do to complete the transaction is to activate the payment Release CLAUSE, this will enable them to release your payment daily and you will be happy to confirm the payment in Money-Gram office in your locality as this is inline with the agreement signed by the board, you advised to contact the payment unit with the Reference code number KT5-086-NCD with below required details for your payment.

Contact person: Ms. Sandra Ibeh
Be advised to send the following receiver's details required below:

Receivers full name___________________
Receiver’s full address___________________
Telephone number(s) __________________
Current city__________________________
State of Origin_________________________

Note: Ms. Sandra Ibeh will inform you how much you will be receiving on daily basis:

Yours faithfully,
Dr. Steven Powell.
Compensation Payment Coordinator.

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