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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. Mark James" <"www.">
Reply-To: "MR. Mark James" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 19:48:16 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention;


We have received your email, inheritance, you winnings and scam victim
distribution department,under Federal Ministry of Finance,Benin
Republic, which indicates that we should be sending to you daily
payment of $5,000.00 until your total sum of [ $2.5MILLION DOLLARS USD
) is completely transferred to you.

This is your control # and pick up details for the $7,000 in money gram.

Receiver's Name ......Ambros smith
Reference #: 94575379
Amount: $7,000.00
Text question:honest
Answer: trust.
Sender name.... Mark James

Senders address: 11 senande Marche Akpakpa Benin Republic.
Note that each ref # is $7,000.00 with same info. of sender/receiver.

Your depositor has paid for the transfer charge and your first payment
has already been sent but it was on hold because the Tax Clearance fee
has not been paid, The Tax Clearance fee is only $65 Usd.

Be informed that your fund was kept on hold due to an instruction from
the Manager's Office (Capital city Bank Manager ) so that you may not
by any chance pick the fund until you pay the Tax Clearance fee of $65
only Usd only,You are assured that immediately you pay this Clearance
fee of $65Usd, the information to your first payment of $7,000.00 Usd
will released immediately.

Here the information were to send the required fee through Money Gram.

Receiver Name.... Bright Ezeh
Country......Benin Republic
Question ... when

Call on +229-68839974
Yours Faithfully
MR. Mark James
Money Gram

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