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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,Godwin M.Johnson" <"MR.WWW.MG.">
Reply-To: "Mr,Godwin M.Johnson" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:47:24 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent payment !!


This is Mr,Godwin M.Johnson from MONEY GRAM, Am now responding to your email base on the Instruction being passed through by Federal Ministry of Finance Debt Management Board Note that the total amount you are to be receiving each day fom MONEY GRAM is, $5000 daily and the total amount of your fund is sum of $2.7Million
Have it in mind, there are some obligation in which you need to take care of, you are to pay for the Transfer activation of your fund of $2.7Million and you are to pay the fee to FEDERAL MINISTRY OF JUSTICE which will cost you sum of­ $75 USD,

Be inform, no condition will lead us to diduct any amount from the total fund due to the agreement which was reached by the FEDERAL MINISTRY OF FINANCE in conjunction with INTERNATIONAL MONITORY FUND AND UNITED NATION AS WELL
So you are highly advice to proceed to the MONEY GRAM and send the sum of $75 which is for the Transfer activation of your total fund, note that the only thing holding us from releasing your first payment now is the amount being needed for the Transfer activation and you are to follow up with the introduction being given to you and to enable you confirm your first payment starting from today
You are to use below information to send the needed amount of $75

Receiver Name ==== EMMA OLUCHI
Country === Benin Republic
City ==== Cotonou
Amount === $75

Do email me back as soon as you receive this email Mr,Godwin M.Johnson From MONEY GRAM Office Benin Republic with the payment information to enable us proceed immediately on the daily transfer okay.
Mr,Godwin M.Johnson

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