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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 Money Transfer Office " <"www.">
Reply-To: "MoneyGram Money Transfer Office " <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 18:49:14 +0900 (JST)

ADDRESS: 2535 Tuscarawas St W, Canton, OH 44708, United States
Hours: Open today · 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
OFFICE TEL: (+1) 234-755-6675 for Call and Text SMS..

Greetings Beneficiary !!!!!

The International Monetary Fund Annual Compensation from USA
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating some scam victims and your email address was found in the scam victims list. This MONEY GRAM Office has been mandated by the IMF to transfer your compensation to you via MONEYGRAM® Money Transfer.

However, we have concluded to effect your own payment through MONEYGRAM® Money Transfer, $4,980USD per Day until the total sum of $1.3 Million is completely transferred to you the receiver.

We can't be able to send the payment with your email address alone instead, we hereby need your information to where we will be sending the funds. You Can Text us and fill below Information Or contact us via email.

(Receiver name)............
(Full Address)...................... ..........
(Direct Mobile Phone Number).....................

Note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 72 hours if we did not hear from you because this was the instruction given to us by the IMF office here in Canton Ohio, USA. We will start the transfer as soon as we receive your information. You are hereby warned not to communicate or duplicate this message for any reason what so ever because the US FBI is already on trace of the criminals from Africa.

Sir. Ronald White .
MoneyGram Money Transfer Office.
Address: 2535 Tuscarawas St W, Canton, OH 44708, United States
Hours: Open today · 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
OFFICE TEL: (+1) 234-755-6675 for Call and Text SMS

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