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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.Richard Mazo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:15:12 +0800

Attention Beneficiary,

We are here to notify you that after the meeting held this morning on 18th August 2016.His Exelence the President Of Federal Republic Of Benin Dr Patrick Talon. has Instructed this Department to send your funds through Money Gram Remmitting Office Transfer World Wide,for easier receive of your inherinted funds without any further delay.To avoid paying money to the fraud stars that is going on through the World because was unable to received your money through Money Gram due to the Management.For your information we have arranged your payment of ($2.5 millions) Two millions five hundred thousand united state dollars,to be sent to you through Money Gram Transfer Payment.Your payment will be sending to you by Money Gram,The amount you will be receiving per a day is 7.000.00USD The minister trust funds of Benin Republic will send you the currently standards track details you need to pick up your (7.000.00USD) payment by Money Gram,you will receive every day till you receive the $2.5 Mill
ions united state dollars

Money Gram Remmitting Officer
Transfer World Wide.
Financial Bank Benin Republic,
Mobile: +22961719980

The financial Money Gram Payment center has been mandated to issue out your payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment Therefore the only fee you have to pay them is $89.00 Only usd that they will use to renewing of your file,So be advice to contact them immediately you get this email because every thing has been done ok.And for your information once again note: That this is not one of those Nigerian/African scams that all they are after is to ripe you off your money and at the end you wil not receive your funds, but note that this is not a scam and is directly from the Management of Money Gram Payment Transfer United Kingdom Head Office and there Motto is To Serve You Better.

Your name____________
Receiver name________
Test question__________

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to DR. KEVIN MORGAN, will start sending your payment by Money Gram Payment Transfer.
Mr.Richard Mazo,
IMF Office

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