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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: maria jonathan <>
Reply-To: maria jonathan <>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:39:44 +0000 (UTC)

 Attention please.

You have been awarded a sum of USD$4.800,000,00 by the money gram 2014 Board Award Group, This award was selected through automated internet
system drawn randomly across the globe, where your e-mail address emerged as the lucky winner.

Please contact Money Gram office for your award winning 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 manage in Money Gram Right now and ask him for your first payment, Money Gram offices manage name is Mr.Ben  Leonard, and ask him what you need to do to enable them activate your account file so that you will be Able to pick your first payment ok.
Tel: +229 67291384

Comply now because as soon as you sent Your required details to Sir Ben Leonard,
he will start sending your payment by  Money gram Online Transfer,Know That You Will be Responsible For The Transfer Charge.

1.Your receiver's name=====
2.Your country========
3.Your city========
4.Your telephone=======
5.Your sex/age===========
6.Your id passport=====
7.Your Occupation:=========
8.Your test question========
9.Your answer=========

Mrs. Maria Jonathan
Address: No. 85 Queen rue bph141 Kingston Street, Cotonou Benin EC4V 4AB

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