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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: Mr Kalos Eliot <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 08:28:07 +0100
Subject: Urgent and follow my instructions.

Welcome to Money Gram Money Transfer office Cotonou Benin

Dear Customer:

You are welcome to Money Gram Money Transfer head office Benin Republic. Am Mr. Kalos Eliot by name, the new director of Money Gram Foreign Operation, I resumed work last week Wednesday and your daily transfer file was submitted as pending payment in our Bank and after my verification, I called the formal Accountant Officer in-charge of your payment to find out the reason why they are delaying your daily transfer and he explained that you was unable to activate your daily installment account.

However, I don't know your financial capability at this moment and it was the reason why I decided to help in this matter just to make it easy for you to start receiving your daily transfer and am sure to get some share as reward because I know that when you receive the total $2.7Million that you will definitely reward me, I don't want you to lose this fund at this stage after all your efforts. Most wise people prefer to use this medium Money Gram/western union money transfer now as the best and reliable means of transfer.

Kindly take control of yourself and leave everything to God because I know that from now on, you will be the one to say that our lord is good, so I will advice you to send me your direct phone number because I will text you the MTCN through SMS and attach other information and send through your email box, Sender name Sender’s address with Question and Answer including all documents involve in the transaction.

For this moment i will be very glad for your quick response by sending sum of $35, so that I will quickly do the needful and finalize everything within 1:43pm our local time here, I am giving you every assurance that as soon as i receive the $35 that i will activate your daily installment account and proceed with your first transfer of $5,000.00 before 1:43pm our local time because I will close once its 6:30pm.

Be aware that all verification's and arrangement involve in this transfer has being made in your favor. So I need your maximum co-operation to ensure that strictest confidence is maintained to avoid any further delay. Send the $35 through Western Union Money Transfer or money gram office to below following information and get
back to me with scan copy of the MONEY GRAM OR WESTERN UNION OFFICE slip OK?

Receiver's Name............... DAVID.EMEKA
City, Country.... Cotonou, Benin Republic
Text Question.......... Transfer
Answer............. Yes
Amount .......$35
Sender s name...

I felt pains after going through your payment file and found the reason why you have not start receiving your fund from this department and ready to do my utmost to make sure you receive it all. Be rest assured that everything will be finalize the moment I receive the payment of $35.00 usd from you today and you will start picking up your daily payment of $5000.00 immediately until the total amount is completed.

Be rest assured that I will activate your daily installment account and post your first $5,000 USD for you to pick-up today as soon as we receive the activation fee from you. Please do not hesitate to contact us again: should you require additional information or call (+229) 99298074 for further urgent attention, as we are here to serve you better. Thank You For Banking With Us..

I wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all the hurdles you face. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead,God bless you
Waiting for your Urgent Reply
Mr. Kalos Eliot

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