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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. Johnson Ikenna" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:42:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your Payment Through Moneygram!


I am Mr. Johnson Ikenna, I have tried reaching you on mail all this while, but you failed to respond back to me, please be aware that your matter came to my desk which were dated since on the 29-06-2015 (6) months ago, with the total fund of $ Frankly speaking you are very lucky because you are going to receive your first (8) Ref-control numbers of $12,000 after responding to our mail, all this while your transfer had been stopped because it was under investigation of money laundry by the Ministry of Information and National Orientation and that was the reason your name were among those who were blacklisted, but now we have settled your problem and removed your name from the blacklist, so your fund is ready for transfer to you now.

You will be receiving 8 installment payment of $1,500 each which will bring your daily payment to a total $12,000 everyday until your total payment of $2.250.000 is completed, the only thing we need from you is to obtain the (A.R.O) Authorization Release Order Certificate, which will reflect in any Moneygram Office in your country, stating that you are not involved in any part of money laundry activity, the (A.R.O) Authorization Release Order Certificate will cost you the sum of $69 only. Remember that this is the only charges for you to pay before your (8) Ref-control numbers of $12,000 will be released to you for pick up today.

You are therefore required to get back to me as soon as you receive this message with your current information as requested below;

Full Names:
Contact Address:
Phone Numbers(Cell & Home):

I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as possible so that I can direct you on how to send the $69 which you will send through Moneygram.

NB: Call me on the phone as soon as you receive this message with this number +229 66054044.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Johnson Ikenna
Phone: +229 66054044
Managing Director
UBA Moneygram Head Office Cotonou

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