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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: Office File <>
Reply-To: Office File <>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2016 10:03:12 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Money Gram Head Office Service

Complement of the season;

This message is from the money gram management worldwide. First we want to start with an apology to you our customer, please find a place in your heart to forgive us for the stop and delay of the transfer of your inheritance fund, we did this because of so many scams that was going on in the internet, and I believe you must have received many emails and calls telling you about this fund $2.500,000.00 on your name, that was because our website was hacked and exposed to scammers, and over ten million people has been a victim of this so called internet scams, but we are glad to announce to you that we have fix the problem very soon you will not hear anything like internet scams again.

The release of your fund was declared yesterday been Tuesday 15th of December 2015, by the money gram management with the original documents for clarifications and it was approved by the (IMF) Homeland security and the (FBI) which means you will be receiving your fund freely and safely with out any problem or harassment from your government. Due to the new rules, you will be receiving $4,000.00 daily from any Walmart office until the complete fund is transferred complete. $65 will be needed from you in advance for every transfer of $4,000.00 as the security charge, and 50% of the $65 goes to the charity.

Email us back at (

First payment of $4,000.00 has already be transferred on your name and will be release to you after the confirmation of the $65 from you. Below is the information to transfer the $65 to us for the release of your $4,000.00 payment today

Receiver name_______STEVEN MAKO
Country_____________BENIN REPUBLIC
Test question________THANK
Test answer_________GOD

Email or call us with the Reference number as soon as the payment is done to enable us release the information for you to pick up your first payment of $4,000.00 immediately.

Yours faithfully
Dr. Nelson Ejiro
Phone: +22999654565

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