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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.Jude Desmond" <"Desmond.">
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:34:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your first Payment of $5000 usd is approved to send to you today,


Your first Payment of $5000 usd is approved to send to you today, So
kindly reconfirm your receiver’s name information to the money gram
office for the approval of your fund payment of ($4.700`000`00USD) to
be sign and release to you immediately you send the below information
to them: Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within
24 hours this is the instruction given to us by the IMF.

Your Receiver's: _______
Your Country:__________
Your Telephone No:_______
Your Address: _________
Your Passport Id: ________

Contact Money Gram Office
Name: Mr. Frank David
Email: (

Our Money Gram Office will release your payment to you and the maximum
amount you receiving each day from today is $5000 usd daily until the
funds complete Transferred. Once we receive your information. The
transfer will commence. The IMF is compensating all the scam victims
($4.700`000`00USD) each, and your email address was found in the scam victim's

Mr.Jude Desmond
From Federal Government
Benin Re

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