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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, Alex Morgan." <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr, Alex Morgan." <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 03:31:33 +0900 (JST)

Dear Customer

The International Monetary Fund Annual Compensation from USA.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating some scam victims and your email address was found in the scam victims list. This Money Gram®office has

been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via Money Gram®Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to affect your own payment through Money Gram®Money Transfer, 5000.00 pay day until the total sum of $5.5 Million United States is

completely transferred to you the receiver. We cannot be able to send the payment with your email address alone, we are hereby needed your information to

where we will be sending the funds to i avoid any mistake

You Can Text or Call once you fill below Information let us give you.your mtcn number for your first payment.

(Receivers name)............
(Phone Number)..............
(Your Age)..................
(ID copy)............. .....
(Your Email Address)........

NOTE: That your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 48hours if we
did not hear from you because this was the instruction given to us by the IMF
office here in USA.

We will start the transfer as soon as we received
your information. You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this
message for any reason what so ever because the US FBI is already on trace of
the criminals from Africa.

This is for any question.
call or text.(1-432-827-8960)

Name: Mr, Alex Morgan.
Manager Director for MoneyGram office California

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