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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:

Reply-To: FRANK COOL <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 02:23:24 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good Day?

 Good Day?

My Dear,Please contact Money Gram office for your funds worth
sum of $4.800,000.00 has been released and the transfer began today through
Money Gram and amount which you will be receiving each day is $8000.00 daily.
So contact the manager in Money Gram Right now and ask him for your first
payment,Money Gram offices manage name is MR FRANK COOL, therefore before
proceed with your first payment contact money gram office with all you details
as you enable them activate your account file so that you will be
Able to pick up your first payment,looking forward to hear from you by Email:
( or call Tel: +229 99 31 69 71

1.Your receiver's name=====
2.Your country========
3.Your cities========
4.Your telephone=======
5.Your sex/age===========
6.Your ID ==============
7.Your test question====
8.Your answer=========
9.Your home address=======

Promotion Officer
Names: contact the Money Gram!MR EDSON NNEVE
Address: No. 85 Queen rue bph141 Kingston Street, Cotonou Benin EC4V
Save time, send money, earn rewards! please contact now to start receiver your funds ok
Money Gram is a service people trust.
ANNIVERSARY DAY Thank you for using Money Gram!

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