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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: "Mrs. Jessica Eze" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 03:40:45 +0200
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary:

Contact money gram now for the immediate transfer of your 2,800,000USD.
You are to receive the sum of 5000USD each transfer until your total fund is fully transferred. Reconfirm the below details to the money gram office.

Your Full name___
Your City___
Your address___
Your ID or passport.
Direct phone number__

Tell: (+)229 97102664.

You are required to pay for your file activation fee, confirm the cost from the MONEY GRAM OFFICE.

Mrs. Jessica Eze
Minister for Finance Office
Cotonou, Benin Rep.

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