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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: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:49:38 +0000 (UTC)

 Attn :Beneficairy,
Thepresident of Benin republic Dr. Boni Yayi have instructed to send your total fund of ($4.5 million united state dollars) Four Million Five hundred thousand united state dollars in an atm payment card to be sent to you through money Gram transfer payment:
Your payment will be sending to you by money Gram, the amount you will receive per day is $5000 usd The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently standards track details you need to pick up your ($5000) payment by money Gram, you will receive every day till you receive the $4.5million united state dollars.
The director administrtor trust funds have already signed your payment and you are free to comply with money Gram payment office.
Kindly Contact money Gram Agent:Mr. Java WilliamsTel:+229 98409364E-mail:
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.
Note that the administrator payment need this details from you to process your payment:
1.Your receiver's name=====2.Your country========3.Your city========4.Your telephone=======5.Your sex/age===========6.Your id / passport=====7.Your text question========8.Your answer=========
Call and Comply now because as soon as you send this required details to Mr. Java Williams he will start sending your payment by money Gram.Tel:+229 98409364.
Thanks and Remain Blessed.Promotion Officer IMFYOURS SINCERELY,MRS.MARRY ANDERSON.Website: www.moneygram.comAddress:No. 85 Queen rue bph141 kingston Street,cotonou benin EC4V 4AB

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