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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: moneygram <"www.">
Reply-To: moneygram <>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:36:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear valued customer,

Dear valued customer,

We have sent the $5.000.00 out of your total compensation sum of
$850.000.00 from money gram head office Benin republic. All we need
from you now is just your long time lost information such as your

1, Your Name___________
2, Your Country___________
3, Your Phone Number______
4, Your occupation_______
5,your home address
Here are the reference number of your first payment, Reference
number:: 69133972, Senders first name:: Isaiah, Senders last name::
Ike, Amount:: ($5.000.00).

You can verify the reference number in any money gram office near you
or by tracking it on our website with this link,
( track). Just fill the reference number

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