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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 Grace Johnson <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:56:53 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Good Day:

Good Day:
we finally concluded to effect YOUR your sum of (US$1.2M) VIA
Moneygram as Best And Easier Way To Receive Your Funds In Any Nearest
MoneyGram In Your City, Based On Agreement With moneyGram Director. You
Will pickup $7000 once You Contact With All Your Information As below
Your’Re Name___________
Your HOME ADDRESS_______
YOU’Re Country/City___________
Director Phone Number_______
Contact Rev. Godwin James E-MAIL :(
Call This Phone+22999250507 Immediately Issue You First payment.
BEST Regards,
Mrs Grace Johnson
get back to pickup $7000 per day

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