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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 .John Davidson" <"Davidson...">
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 13:15:41 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good News Ref# 62272243 Sender John Shabangu

Good News Ref# 62272243 Sender John Shabangu

Dear customer,

This is to notify you about the latest development concerning all the payment
that are left in our custody, which yours are inclusive besides, where you are
given a bill of Sum in order to receive your payment which we didn’t hear from
you for sometime now. Hence, our MONEYGRAM is now offering a Special BONUS to
help all our customers that are having their payment in our custody due to of
high prices. In other words we are now requesting that those involved should
pay only the sum of $74. to receive all their payment abandoned in our custody.

Besides, my dear, this is the opportunity for you to comply and your funds
shall be transfer to your designated address. But remember that after (2 DAYS)
you did not make the payment then we will divert your funds to Government
Account, So to avoid problems, you have to send the fee before 2days so that
you can get your funds Released without delay..

Again after (THREE DAYS) we will enter a new project for the Month and that is
the reason why we decided to help all our customers before we enter into the
new project.

click here to view your transaction status .
Your payment is available.
1) Senders Name: John Shabangu
2) MTCN Number: 62272243
3)Amount: $13,642.37. USD.

Track it with this link:

So be advise to send the $74 immediately so that we will register your payment
and start receiving $13,642.37. as from Today. Be advise that there is no time
again for us to call any person on phone unless you will call +1 908-484-6060
After the payment of $74. you will start receiving your money every day
$13,642.37 through Western Union and Money Gram until the full payment of
$150,000,00 is completed. So what you will be receiving per day is $13,642.37.

Therefore you are requested to send the fee via Western Union or Money Gram
money transfer with below information;

Receivers name: DANIEL IBE
Country:Cotonou ; Benin Republic
Text Question: Yes
Answer: Yes
Amount required: $74.
Sender's Name:
Sender’s address:

The moment I receive the payment of $74 i will release the first payment
information’s of $13,642.37 to you and you will pick up the money and i will
send you another payment for pick up.

Thanks for your patronage
Mr .John Davidson
Moneygram remittance office Benin republic
Call +1 (908)516-4530

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