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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:

Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 04:46:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?YOUR_URGENT_REPLY_IS_HIGHLY_NEEDED=E2=80=8F=E2=80=8F?=

PHONE NUMBER ( +1 ) 619-274-8562
Greetings and Compliment

I am Rev Fr. Roy William, the Chair person in charge of Treasury Department, International wire transfers of United State of America , Federal Ministry of Finance. You are to reply through this my official email address( this is to inform you that your fund was brought to my desk because the director of International Monetary fund(I.M.F) have declared to transfer your fund to the government treasury account just because you can’t pay the wire transfer fee. In reasoning wisely to this complain I told them to wait until I hear from you so that I will know the reason why you decide to reject such amount of money $2.4Million USD which is your rightful & legal overdue inheritance payment just because of transfer fee.

The reason why I sent this email to you is because it’s your sweat and for this reason you still have this last chance to claim your fund if you can send $95 U.S Dollar today because I have already arranged your wires ready for its daily wires to you but failing to do this, I will allow them to have power over your fund and am very sorry if you failed as this is the last chance.

Therefore, send the $95 USD immediately you receive this email today and email your full name and address to me if you want your $2.4Million be send to you by western union OR Money gram transfer but the maximum amount officially allow for it per day wire to you is USD$5000.00 per day until you receive your complete USD$2.4Million from here. The second option is for you to send me the full detail of your bank account if you want your fund be fully transfer by direct bank to bank wire transfer to your account at once. After you have sent the $95 usd and email me the Money control numbers, you are to indicate your wish to receive your funds as I have stated above and the funds will be released to you without any hitch.

Here is the money gram information in the name of my accountant to avoid delay in receiving your fund and remember that I have done my best for you and I will make sure that your wire will begin to be released to you from the moment you sent this $95 usd

Send the $95 usd now and send me email with the money gram reference numbers when you send the money , you can as well call me on this number +229-9928-4629 when you have sent the money.

Receivers Name:.... Ronald H, Krepel
Pay-Out Country:... U.S.A
Test Question:..A
Answer:.. B
Amount to send: ...$95 USD

Send it and email the MTCN control number, amount sent, name and address of sender to me for easy collection and once again remember to reply through this my official email address (

Rev Fr. Roy William
Treasury Department, International
Wire Transfers, Federal Ministry of Finance United State.
Telephone: ( +1 ) 619-274-8562

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