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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: moneygram transfering <"www.">
Reply-To: moneygram transfering <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:23:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: CALL OR TEXT +229-993-050-79

attention Dear Customer !

We have deposited the cheque/check of your fund ($5.800`000`00USD) through Money-Gram {MG} department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact Money-Gram director Mr.Henry john via E-mail ( ). He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name:_______________
Country: _________
Address: ____________
ID Copy:______________
Phone Number: _________

I, Mr. Kevin Oti has sent $5,000 in your name for long which the details Indicated as the transfer status which you are advised to Track Online by visiting our transfer online website, click or copy and paste: track

MTCN: 95502188
Last Sender Name: Oti

So contact Mr.Henry john or you call him +22999305079 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the complete details for you to pick the $5,000. Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund.

Best Regards.
Mr. Kevin Oti

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