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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: MoneyGram United Kingdom <>
Reply-To: MoneyGram United Kingdom <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:52:04 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Daily Payment NOTIFICATION

 MoneyGram International Limited
First Floor, Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street,
London EC4V 4AB, United Kingdom

Dear Lottery Winner,

This is to inform you that your Two Million United States Dollars ($2M) Lottery Win will be send to you via MoneyGram International Money Transfer, unless you want complete payment at a time by bank draft or ATM Card which is also acceptable by the organizers of this payment. The total amount mentioned above is with MoneyGram International Outlet in Cotonou, Benin Republic where your payment is allocated.

These funds came to MoneyGram International from WORLD LOTTERY ASSOCIATION (WLA) who said that some time in the past, they had a draw and notified all winners then and have them paid but at that time, some winners did not show up to claim theirs which was blamed at the payment method then, so they now decided to use MoneyGram International Money Transfer to pay these people which you are one of them.

Although some in your category claim they did not receive the notification then which we think must be the same in your case. Note that you will be receiving Five Thousand United States Dollars ($5,000.00) every day until the total amount is transferred unless you decide to receive the payment by bank draft or ATM Card all at a time.

To receive payment, contact by email or phone (Frank Webb) the MoneyGram International Payment supervisor and ask him to give you the Coded Number you need to pick up the first $5,000.00 today which is after you have send him your revenue TAX. Email Mr. Frank Webb now and ask him to give you the Reference Number and every other information you need to pick up your $5,000.00 now, here is what he will require from you:

Your Receiving Name...
Your Receiving Address...
Your Country...
Your Tel...
Your Sex...
Your Age...
Your Occupation...

Note: The only money you will send to him is that country's revenue TAX on foreign transactions which normally cost between $35 to $990 U.S. Dollars; depending on your location, and he will need this amount before your first Reference number will be issued officially in the MoneyGram International network and then given to you-which means no deducting of winning funds until complete claim, contact him now on this address: (, ) contact person Frank Webb, (IMPORTANT) Winners are mandated to keep this notification private/secret to avoid fraudulent claim pending the transfer/claim by Winner.

Sincerely Yours
Mrs. Margret Wright

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