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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: "Dr. Henry Karl" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:37:14 -0300
Subject: Attention: E-mail Address Owner:

Our Ref: MG/UK/0014

Dear MoneyGram Customer,

This is to officially bring to your notice that you have been awarded a
of $2,700.000.00USD by the MoneyGram Group, as one of our Customers who
uses MoneyGram regularly. This Compensation award was selected through
automated Internet system drawn randomly across the globe, where your
e-mail address emerged as the lucky winner. Send your Full information

Receiver's Name:......
Attached copy of your Identification

Contact us to facilitate your claims:
Tel +229 6874-8304
Dr. Henry Karl

NOTE: Every claim has en expiry period of fourteen working days

Thanks for using MoneyGram
Dr. Henry Karl
MG Management

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