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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: john ben <"www.">
Reply-To: john ben <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:30:16 +0900 (JST)
Subject: contact Mr.John Ben With Your Details For Your Reference Number

MoneyGram Office has sent you the first payment out of your $2.9Million United states Dollars compensation fund from the presidency to all the scam victims whom had experienced inhumanity in one way or the other so contact Miss. Ashley Coleman via( with the reconfirmation of your details to give you the Reference number you will use to go and pick up the first payment today and remind us after picking it up.

Your Full Names...
Your current Home Address..
Your Phone number...
Your alternative emails address..

Provide the above needed information to Mr. John Ben immediately and wait online to receive the MTCN/Reference number to pick up the first payment with your official government issued ID card and remind us after picking it for more payments.

Mr.John Ben
MoneyGram Office Rep.

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