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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. David Raphael" <"W.W.W.">
Reply-To: "Mr. David Raphael" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 21:17:56 +0900 (JST)

Moneygram Office is a convenient way to send money fast. It’s easy, reliable and you have a choice of great options.
From The Desk Of Mr. David Raphael
Direct line: +229 66029633
Moneygram office®Payments



Below is the information of your First payment of $5,000.00 USD from your total amount of $3,500 000 USD which was deposit here
by Dr. Richard Adams with registration number of: EB-2237. But unfortunately the Managing Director of this department called us
this morning and reported that you have not completed the required fee of $175,00 USD which you are suppose to pay for the
purchasing of your inheritance files before the transfer commerce on your behalf.

we have programmed the entire funds into our system to enable you pick up $5,000 Dollar daily. also The funds transfer are all
in place for you to collect now but we have to purchase your payment inheritance file due to the huge amount of fund involves.

However, we have already sent out the funds but not yet been putting on your name as the receiver. Therefore you are advice to
send us the required fee of $155,00 USD so that we can purchase your payment inheritance files and put your name on the receiver
of the transfer to enable you pick your first payment of $5,000 USD once you comply to the rules and regulations of our transferring system.

You are advised to send this $175,00 USD for purchasing fee via “MONEY-GRAM or WESTERN UNION ” to our cashier receiver name mentioned below:

Below is the information to send the money through Money Gram.

Sender name: OBI UDE
Country: ________________ Benin republic
City: ___________________ Cotonou
Test Question: __________ when?
Answer: _______________ Today.
Amount: _________$175,00 USD
Sender name:_____
Sender Country:______
Reference Number: _______


Then after you have made the payment you can send the payment information through our email address written below together
with your full receiver’s info. And As soon as we have received the payment of $155,00 USD from you and it’s confirmed we
will carry out our duties effectively and urgent as we have schedule because all necessary arrangement has been completed
in our end within 3hours we will complete the transfer online and put your name on the receiver of the funds, also furnish
you with the full info. /details which you will use to pick up your first payment of
$5,000 USD at any Money-gram Office branch or store in your city/state.
You are advised to comply immediately you receive this E-mail to enable us carry out our duties effectively and urgent as w
e have schedule because all necessary arrangement has been completed on your behalf. Is rest assured that immediately we
receive the activation fee today, we will purchase your file and your entire transfer valued of $3.5 Million Dollar within
3hours and commence with the release of your daily payment $5,000.00 each morning until your funds is completely transferred
to you as we agreed on your service after the meeting held with the Tender Board of Directors.

Money Transfer Control Number (REF)#98658712
Sender First Name: Shawn
Sender Last Name: Peterson
TEST What Color
TEST White
AMOUNT:$5,000.00 dollar

We advise that you visit our website and go to track, put in the senders name and (REF)#98658712 and see
that your First payment of $5,000 USD is there but we need the above stated fee of $175,00 USD to re-direct the transfer to
you for your easy pick up.

“Note that within 72hrs if you do not remit the required fee of $5,000.00 the transfer will be retrieved back and remember
that the payment details given to you does not bear your name as the receiver until you make the required payment of
$175,00 USD then we will put your name as the receiver.

Get back to us through our Email ( with the payment information once you have made the payment today.

Also, you can call the Director Mr.David Raphael at:+229 66029633 if you have any question OKAY.

Waiting on your email once you have made the payment.

Have a good day.

Mr. David Raphael
Direct line: +229 66029633
Moneygram Office®Payments

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