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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 <"WWW.">
Reply-To: money gram <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 06:41:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: dear customer

dear customer

Your first payment of
$5,000.00 has been sent today via MoneyGran.You are advise to Contact Money Gran office

with your full information to enable them give you Sender Name, Question and Answer to pick

up your First $5000 MTCN= (94575379) sender name (mark ambros) For more information contact

money gram , Tele: +229-99304735 he'll keep sending your payment until your total

fund of US$10.5Million us dollars is Completed,for your information before we can be able

to activate it to your country currency you have to made the require fee which is your

transfer charge and service charge,

get back to us with this email []for information details of the receipt of the


you are adviced to reonfirm your full informatins such as:

Receiver's Name________
Address: ____________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: ________
a copy of your id_______

Best Regard

money gram office

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