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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: "Director MoneyGram" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:01:33 -0200 (BRST)
Subject: Kind Attention

Address. Rue BMB 113 Akpakpa senade cotonou Benin Republic West Africa.
Telephone. +229 67971784.

Good day/Beneficiary:

I resumed work recently in this office as director of money gram
transfer office Benin
republic,This is to inform you that we want to start sending your
fund of $200,000.00USD
that is in this office since and you can only be receiving two times
daily from us through
your payment file, note that you will pay $95 only for
re-activation of your payment file
that back up your fund before you can receive your first payment.

We have made today's payment for you via MONEY GRAM:Below is the
number:62272243,But you have to pay $95 for activation of your
payment file before you can
be able to pick up this first payment of $2500 today.So kindly visit
your nearest MONEY GRAM
office at your area and send the $95 with the below information to
enable you pick up your
first payment today.

Sender name= Mrs Maria Shabangu
Ref number #=62272243

Below is the information where to send the $95

Receiver name:John Uju
Test question:Color
Test answer:Green
Country: Benin Republic

Waiting to hear from you soon for the release of the other payment

Mrs Maria Shabangu
Director Money Gram
+229 67971784

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