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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. Charles Dowling" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Charles Dowling" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 02:29:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Payment Notification

Payment Notification

This message is from Money Gram Transfer Head Office. The U.S Department Of Treasury and United Nation has ordered us to release all outstanding payment. You will receive USD$5,500,000.00 which is your Inheritance and Winning due payment. We will be releasing the money to you parts by parts which mean you will be receiving $5000.00 daily. Once you receive this message, forward your current address as requested below to enable us link the payment to Money Gram Office in your location where you will be getting your $5000 daily

Your Full name_____________
Phone number__________

Once you receive this message and forward your current address as requested above, we will start releasing $5000.00 to you daily until you receive all your
USD$5,500,000.00. Forward your address to us by text message to phone numbers stated below

Waiting to hear from you
Mr. Charles Brown
Payment Director
Tel: +229-99659510

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