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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: Mr Mark duse <>
Reply-To: Mr Mark duse <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:50:38 +0000 (UTC)

 Attn My Dear

This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of world, the United Nation have agreed to compensate them with the sum of US$2.5m (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) This includes all foreign contractors that may have not received their contract and sum people that have had an unfinished transaction orinternational business that failed due to scammed victim.

This is to inform you that your $2.5M USD will be send to you via Money Gram transfer. The total amount mentioned above is with Money Gram, Note you will be receiving $6,000.00 every day until your total money have been completely transfer to you.Call Mr. James Okafor: Tel: +229 680 920 55 now and ask him to give you REFERENCE NUMBER and every other information you need to pick up your $6,000 today. Here is what he may require from you.

Your   Receiver Name.
Your Country.....
text Question.....

Feel free to contact Money Gram transfer with this information bellow Email ( You are advised to contact Mr.James Okafor: of Money Gram transfer Benin Republic as he is our representative in Benin Republic, contact him immediately for your compensation payment of $2.5m he will send it to you immediately.

We have concluded our effect to your payment through Money Gram transfer $6000.00 daily until the ($2.5m) is completely transferred.So you advice to contact our Agent office in Benin with bellow information.

Money Gram Agent;   Mr. James Okafor
Email;( )
Tel: +229 680 920 55

Best Regards
Mr Mark duse

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