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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. Marriam Mustalia" <"marriam.">
Reply-To: "Mrs. Marriam Mustalia" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:08:39 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attn:MoneyGram Payment

With all sincerity I have a business proposal for you and as the assistant director of my office, I promise that this will be very quick, risk free and above all legally backed up.
The payment is well legally backed up and was transferred through our Money Gram Online Order but the payment has been on hold ever since and this is due to misplacement of receiver's information by the sending route.

All I want from you is nothing but your trust, assurance and sincerity in order for me to punch this payment to you as the beneficiary through Money Gram direct payment claim.

Most importantly, please note that once you confirm and pickup the money from any of the Money Gram Office close to your place of residence, then your are expected to do the following:
1. Send me 60% percent of the cashed money.
2. Open two new bank account's in two different bank's of your choice close -by, where you will deposit the money and then start making use of it gradually.
Please note that instruction number two is only for security reason's and I believe with trust and sincerity we can pull this to great success and financial elevation.

Your immediate reply will be appreciated, so that I can forward more details to you and get the approval for immediate payment.

Best Regards,
Mrs. Marriam Mustalia

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