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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. Aminat Gopal" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Aminat Gopal" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:13:21 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact Money Gram For Your Compensation Payment!!!

 This is Mrs. Aminat Gopal attorney & counsels at law federal high court of justice Benin rep. Address: plot 102 jbse island avenue kparakou, Cotonou Rep. Of Benin note that we have decided to pay you your money through money gram urgent remitting office since you was unable to receive your money through a courier company, western union, bank to bank wire transfer and ATM visa card due to their management but now we have sent your full compensation payment of $7.5musd. To you through money gram.
You will be receiving 10,000usd per day, but I want you to contact the management in money gram right now and ask him for your first payment. his name is ( Mr. Kowalski Larry) and ask him to give you the money gram payment information so that you can be able to pick up your funds through money gram without any problem.

Vital finance bank money gram transfer
Department. location address; plot 1261,
Areola Hopewell street co/b/rep,
Contact person: Mr. Kowalski Larry
Tel phone number: +229 6180 1826
Email address ( )
And contact him with your full information.

Your name...............
Phone no...............
Call or email him now so that he can provide the money gram information to you as urgent as you can. also do let me know immediately they have started sending your money, but try to comply with them to enable them serve you better.

We wish you good luck
Best regards,
Mrs. Aminat Gopal.

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