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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:

Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 21:27:13 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Money Gram Head office,

Money Gram Payment Office
West African Zonal Headquarter
Cotonou Benin Republic
Phone : +229 984 339 42

Money Gram Head office,

The Money Gram head office sitting in Cotonou Benin Republic is giving COMPERSATION to all our both Local/Foreign customers . This COMPERSATION is for those who might have sent money to Africa recently or before using MONEY GRAM.
You are one of our NEW YEAR BONANZA WINNER,

You have to emails email us back with the only your receiver address.

You can pick up your first payment of $4000,00 with our below using sender name and MTCN .

The Total NEW COMPERSATION WINNING funds on your name here is $3.6,MILLION, SO Quickly Get back to us with all your receiver address to enable us Give you the first $4000.00 payment details ,

And After that We will give you the second payment details immediately,so that you can pick up the second available paymend funds today . You can Email us on:

Sincerely Regards
MR. Ben Idu, MG. Director.
Money Gram Payment Office

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