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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: "Dr. Kenneth Otuocha" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:46:21 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Compensation Payment

Dear Customer,

I am Dr. Kenneth Otuocha, MoneyGram Office Director Benin Republic. I
write to inform you that we have moved your total fund of USD$2,500.000.00
Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) to MoneyGram Head
Office in USA under care of Mr John F Kelly, Director, of Audit Committee
and Member of the Compensation and Benefits Committee.

So feel free to contact Mr John F Kelly today with your receivers details,
Contact info:

Mr John F Kelly, Director of
Audit Committee and Member of the
Compensation and Benefits Committee,
#7 Father Carney Drive Milton Boston,
Massachusetts,02186 USA.
Telephone#: 612 293 3346

Your urgent message will be appreciated as soon as you start receiving
your fund. He will give you more details as soon as you contact him.

Dr. Kenneth Otuocha.
MoneyGram Director Benin.

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