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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: "Money Gram" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:18:24 +0300

Congrats Beneficiary,

We have deposited the check of your funds ($3.500`000`00USD) through Money gram department after our finally meeting regarding your compensation/unpaid contract fund All you will do is to contact the Money Gram deposit department to activate your first can contact his email via E-mail:Mr Peter Amadi( He will give you direction on how you will be receiving your funds daily and activation.

Your first payment of $50,000 was sent successfully.,

Below is the details you can use in picking your funds.,

1) Senders Name: Carl Bowser
2) MTCN Number: 60582879
3)Amount: $50,642.37. USD.

you can check the status of the transaction at put in the sender's last name Bowser where it says your last name and track to confirm it valid.

Before you can pick it up you will pay an activation fee of 96$., that will enable us to confirm you are the right picker., before sending will be authorized to confirm identity.

Below is the information you should use to remit the 96$ for the activation:

Receiver name: James Amadi
Location: Lagos,Nigeria.

You are forward the payment slip/ref# to peter Amadi via this and your personal details to confirm activation.
Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund.

Note:You should not disclose the ref# nor details of this transaction because there are lots of impostors on the internet.

Thank you.

Garry Altman

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