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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 Jave Musa <>
Reply-To: Mr Jave Musa <>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:34:39 +0700 (WIT)
Subject: Your first payment of $7000.00Usd has been sent via money gram!


This is to inform you that your fund ($9.500`000`00USD) has approved
to release via Money Gram Office after our finally meeting with IMF
concern overdue your fund. All you will do is to contact Money Gram
director Rev. Charles
William via ( He will give you direction on how
you will be receiving the funds daily. Remember to send him your Full
information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Note, Mr. Franklin Van has sent $7000 in your name today so contact
Rev. Charles William or you call him +229-97966054 soon as you
receive this email and tell him to give you reference number of $7000,
sender name to pickup the $7000, Please let us know as soon as you
received all your fund,

Best Regards.
Jave Musa

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