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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 Department <"moneygram.">
Reply-To: Money Gram Department <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:11:32 +0900 (JST)

Good day,

We have deposited your fund of $4.5 million usd dollars through Money Gram
department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do
is to contact money gram director Mr JOEL PHILIPS(
He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.
My agreement with them is $8000 daily until the whole funds is transferred
to you, Contact him with the following information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name......
Phone Number......

Though, Mr JOEL PHILIPS has sent $8000 in your name today so contact him
or you call him with +22999525471 as soon as you receive this email and
tell him to give you the Reference Number, sender name with question and
answer to pick the $8000 Please let us know as soon as you received all
your fund,

Best regards

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