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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: MONEY GRAM <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:01:02 +0000 (UTC)

 money gram
Welcome to money gram transfer Worldwide

Attn Customer ,

There is an issue with money gram involving $800,000.00 which was called to this office by International Monetary Fund(I.M.F).An instruction has come directly from Mr.Jona Akim(the senior officer in charge in International Monetary Fund Benin Republic).He asked us to start sending your fund installmentally $5000 per a day.This type of transfer means you will be recieving $5000 everyday through money gram till you recieve your whole compensated fund of $800,000.00. In further arrangement,we have programmed the transaction with a clear calculation and decided to inform you before the commenceation of it all.To enable us send to right person,you are then advised to get back to us stating clearly to recornfirm the below information:

1.Your full name
2.Your full address
3.The correct spelling of your city and country
4.The test question and answer you will like us to use for the transfer.
5.Your direct telephone number to call you whenever a payment is sent.

As soon as the above information are recieved by this office,We will quickly send you the first installment and wait for you to recieve it and inform us as we continue with the transaction till you recieve the whole of your compensated fund of $800,000.00.You are then to send the above requested information to the money gram director in charge of your payments using the information below.

Name: Dr. Jose Malam, Email:]
Tele phone:+229-98798929

Thank you

best regards mrs.Marryane

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