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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. Ozekwe Tyreece" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:23:03 -0800
Subject: Your Money Gram Money Transfer

There is an issue with the Money Gram Money Transfer in the amount of ($4.5Mus) Four Million Five Hindered Thousand United State Dollars to the beneficiary directed in cash credited to file KTU/926775/03, at the owner of this email address. The International Monetary Fund contacted us for your Inheritance fund a couple of hours ago due to your allocated security code.

We are unable to complete a transfer directed at an email address, so we require some more information in order to complete this transfer with our money gram department. Here are the information’s needed for you to fill out:

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Marital
4. Occupation:
5. Age:
6. Sex:
7. Nationality:
8. Tel .Number:
9. Country

In order to resolve this problem, please email via Money Gram Solicitors Fund Verification Department:


Below is their contact
Contact Person: Mr. Bobby Brown Money Gram Payment Center Nigeria,

As soon as this information is received, our Money Gram Money Transfer Department will release the first payment of $2,000.00us (two Thousand United State Dollars) Transfer Reference Number to you, complied over the cost of Inheritance file to enable our money gram replace your name on the first payment. Only charge in receiving of this first payment is the cost of obtaining the inheritance file, contact our money gram Mr. Bobby Brown, he will direct best on how to get the needed Inheritance file.

When emailing, please use the (Reference number 250-33) for our mutual convenience. Please make sure you ask for the working ID card of your contact Agent before further communication with Him. Remember that once the Inheritance files issue you will start receiving your daily payment per $2,000.00us till the total ($4.5Mus) Four Million Five Hindered Thousand United State Dollars transfer to your name

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Ozekwe Tyreece
**Customer Service*
(Note: If You Have Received This Email Before You Are Advised To Ignore This Message


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