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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: "Mr.FRANK EDWARDS" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:37:19 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your first payment of $5,000.00 was sent today

Good day.

Your first payment of $5,000.00 was sent today through Money Gram Money transfer Service call or email Mr. James Ike Jr.  0022999309889 to give you the Money Gram Reference Number Send him  the transfer charges $89.00 only,  your total amount in his office Money Gram Agent Benin Republic is $4.8million usd only which will be sending to you $5,000.00 installment until you receive the total fund complete. Here is the information you will use to send him the transfer charges $89.00 for the first installment,   
Thanks and God bless, He will be sending you $5,000.00 per day, the first payment Ref Number will be release to you in 30 minutes 

after you send him the transfer charges $89.00 only. 

Receivers name-----Mr. RICK BLUM
Amount---------$89.00 only
Country---------------Benin Republic
City of resident----Cotonou
Test question---In God
Answer----We Trust
Ref Number--------------
Senders name-----------------
Senders country-------------------

Try and send him the transfer charges today to enable him release your first installment of $5000.00 the same today OKAY, it will  only take 30 minutes then the Second payment will take place.

Best Regards

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