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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.Felix David" <"WW.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Felix David" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:26:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear customer

Dear customer

Your money gram payment $5,000 was sent this morning and you are

requested to contact us now with full information where you want your

first payment to be transfer to you without any further Daley,

(1)Your full name,

(2)Your country,
(3)Your city,

(4) Your Occupy,

(5) Your phone number,

call us at +229-98656573 for the money gram refs
Best Regards

Money-gram Head office BENIN Du REPUBLIC

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