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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: jackson Daniel <>
Reply-To: jackson Daniel <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:25:32 +0000 (UTC)

 Welcome to Money GRAM Transfer Office Benin
Send Money World Wide,Head Office.. 415 Kotoungbe Rd
Cotonou, Benin Republic/Office Cell..+229-992-888-61-
Contact Email... (

This is to notify you about the latest development concerning all the payment that are left in our custody,which yours are inclusive Besides, your where given a bill of USD$300 in order to receive your payment of which we didn’t hear from you for sometime now......
Hence, our Money gram is now offering a Special BONUS to help all our customers that
are having their payment in our custody due to of prices. In order words we are now requesting that you
involve should pay only the sum of USD$55. 00 to receive
all their payment abandoned in our custody.Besides, my dear, this is the opportunity for you and have to comply and your funds will be transfer to your destinated address immediately.

But remember that after (3 DAYS) you did not make the payment then we will divert your funds to Government Fund, to aviod problem or we will cancel the payment for this year untill next year because this year is not like last year.

Again note that after (THREE DAYS ) We will enter A new project for the year and that is the reason why we decided to help all our customers before we enter into the new project.

So be advise to send the USD$55.00 immediately so that we will register your payment instantly and for you to start receiving USD$5,000.00 daily as from tomorrow once we confirm the
payment from you. Be advise that there is no time again for we to call any person on phone unless you can call +229-992 -88861.

the payment of USD$55.00 you will start receiving your money every day USD$5,000.00 through Monay Gram Transfer. Please do not forget while sending the USD$55.00 required remember to furnish this details to us which you will use to receive your payment such as follows

Your Name,......
Telephone Number........
Send the USD$55.00 today through Money Gram Transfer with this information below,

Receiver's name== Samuel Chinedu Akpe
Country== Cotonou, Benin Repblic.
Text Question== when

The moment we receive the payment of USD$55.00 I will release the first payment information of $5,000.00 usd to you and you
will pick up the money and I will send you another money until your amount some of USD$2.5M usd is completed sent to you.
Hoping to hear from you soon. Below is our contact information for you to comply immediately to enable you start receiving your
fund installmentally as soon as possible right. Email us with this email address below=(
Waiting to hear from you soon.

Best Regards
Mr: jackson Daniel
Director General

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