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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. Godwin" <"W.W.W.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Godwin" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:59:28 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

This e-mail is to inform you that we the International Bank for Reconstruction & Development (IBRD World Bank) had meeting with the United Nations & Benin Republic Government representative regarding the payment of your long awaited fund and we had an agreement with them that the remittance of your fund should be carried out through MONEY GRAM.

You have been approved to be paid 5.7 Million United States Dollars ($5.7 million U.S.D) only. Your fund of 5.7 Million United States Dollars has been forwarded to Money Gram Payment Center for immediate transfer to you. Your payment will be sent to you by Money Gram, the amount you will receive per day is $7,500usd (Seven thousand Five Hundred Dollars Per Day )The Director Money Gram Payment Center of Benin Republic will send you the current standards track details you need to pick up your $7,500usd payment by Money Gram.

Meanwhile you will receive every day till you receive the $5.7million United State Dollars, through this Money Gram which is safe and reliable with less cost.

The Director Money Gram Payment Center has already signed your payment, now you are free to comply with Money Gram payment office.

Director//: Dr. AMAECHI LEE
Email//:( )

The 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.

Note that the Director payment needs these details from you to process your payment DATA:

(1) Receivers Full Names.................
(2) Country/City...............
(4) Txt Question..............
(5) Txt Answer..............
(6) Mobile Phone...............
(7) home address………….

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to Dr. AMAECHI LEE he will start sending your payment by Money Gram. And do let me know immediately you start receiving your money for us to share the joy together.

Mr. Godwin
Secretary of publicity for and on behalf:
IBRD World Bank
Portnovo, Republic Du'Benin

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