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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: "Mrs.Sharon Thompson" <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Mrs.Sharon Thompson" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:42:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your first payment of $9000.00Usd has been sent via money gram

This is to inform you that your Fund ($23.500`000`00USD) has Approved to
Release via Money Gram Office after our finally meeting with IMF Concern
overdue your fund.All you will do is to Contact Money Gram Director Rev.JOHN
William via Email;( He will give you Direction on how you will be
Receiving Your Funds Daily. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid
wrong transfer such as,

Your Receiver Name;--------------
Your Country;--------------------
Your City;-----------------------
Your Phone Tell;----------------
Your Test Question;--------------
Your Test Answer;----------------
Your Copy of your ID CARD OR Passport;---

Note, Rev.John William has sent You $9000 in your name today so Contact Rev.
john William or you call him On Phone Call +229-68358800 as soon as you
Receive this email and tell him to give you Reference number of $9000, sender
name to pick up the $9000, Please let us know as soon as you received all your

Best Regards.
Mrs.Sharon Thompson

Your first payment of $9000.00Usd has been sent via money gram

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