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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: "Rev.Dr.John Keno" <>
Reply-To: "Rev.Dr.John Keno" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:30:34 +0900 (JST)
Subject: CODE NO: MG.61 X 0000 X MG!!

We have finalized all the necessarily arrangement of your fund ($7.5million USD) has been approved by the Border’s Director of ECOBANK today.

Note that we have decided to transfer your money through money gram urgent remitting office Since you were unable to receive your money through Courier company and Bank due to their management but now we have sent your full compensation payment of $7.5million USD to you through money gram. You will be receiving ($6000) per day. So you have to reconfirmed your full Information right now okay?

I want you to contact the Manager at money gram’s office right now and ask him for your first payment slip, Sender’s Name, Question and Answer to pick up your First Reference Number or call him right now for more information. His name is (DR.CHIBUIFE AMECHI) Email; (, Tel: +22968017715

Make sure the bellow stated codes are identified while contacting the office okay? (MG.61 X 0000 X MG!!)

Your name___
Your country__
Your address___
Your Occupation___
You’re Age/sex__
Your Contact phone No:___

Also do let me know immediately they have started sending your transfer, but NOTE; try to comply with them to enable him serve you better.

Rev.Dr.John Keno
Thanks and god bless

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