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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: Money Gram <>
Reply-To: Money Gram <>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 13:35:12 -0200 (UYST)
Subject: Urgent Message From Money Gram

Urgent Message From Money Gram

Compliment Of The Season!!!

We wish to congratulate you on this note, For being part of our selected
Money Gram winners Christmas Bonus 2016 in our office, We just concluded
internal promotion this year, this promotion was set-up to encourage the active
users,A winning check will be issued in your name by Money Gram Award for
the daily payment of $5,000 dollars and also a certificate of prize claims will
be sent alongside your winning check to cash able at any Money Gram office
in your country as soon as you send the receipt of the Money Gram stamped
fee $55 US dollars today,

You are instructed by Money Gram customer care office to go ahead and send
the receipt of Money Gram stamped fee $55 dollars to enable the Money Gram
customer care office provide the full information and details of your
fund for you to easy pick up your daily payment of $5,000 dollars at any
nearest Money Gram office in your country today,

According to the rules and regulation of Money Gram authority we are not
authorize to deduct a cent from the daily payment of $5,000 dollars from the
required due to the comprehensive insurance covered against lose on the
transits,No body has right to deduct or reverse your mode of payments because
it is sized by tax force office until you send the receipt of Money Gram
stamped fee $55 dollars Only, Then you will start picking up the money immediately
REFERENCE # 69133972, Send it via Money Gram transfer to our cashier receiver's
name mentioned below

SENDER NAME:........

You are advised by this office to attached to us a scan copy of the receipt of
the Money Gram copy payment slip as soon as you send the money today,So if you want
to track the money to confirm if the fund is transferred visit Our website below:
Enter the (REFERENCE) number # 69133972 and sender’s last name. IKE and click
tracking and it will show You that your fund is available for you to pick up.

Track View Website link:

Money Transfer Control Number (REFERENCE) #
REFERENCE: 69133972
Sender first name::: Isaiah
Sender last name:: :ike

The payment of the receipt of Money Gram stamped fee $55 dollars is
highly needed today to finalize the transaction for you to easy picking up the
money by earliest time today,

Best Regards

Yours respectfully,
Mr. Everoy Smith
Branch Office Benin Republic
Head Office: 281-572-6034

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