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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: "Money Gram Office " <"www.">
Reply-To: "Money Gram Office " <>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 06:50:18 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear

Hello Dear,

This e-mail is to inform you that we the International Bank for
Reconstruction & Development (IBRD World Bank) had meeting with the
United Nations & Benin Republic Government representative regarding
the payment of your long awaited fund and we had an agreement with
them that the remittance of your fund should be carried out through

You have been approved to be paid Two Million United States Dollars
($2,000.000.00 U.S.D) only. Your fund of Two Million United States
Dollars has been forwarded to Money Gram Payment Center for immediate
transfer to you. Your payment will be sent to you by Money Gram, the
amount you will receive per day is $7,500usd (Seven thousand Five
Hundred Dollars Per Day )The Director Money Gram Payment Center of
Benin Republic will send you the current standards track details you
need to pick up your $7,500usd payment by Money Gram,

You will receive every day till you receive the $2.000, 000.00 United
State Dollars, through this Money Gram which is safe and reliable with
less cost.

The Director Money Gram Payment Center has already signed your
payment, now you are free to comply with Money Gram payment office.

Director//: Mr. William Gold
Mobile//:+229 98349016
Office//:+229 61116730

The Money Gram Payment Center has been mandated to issue out your
payment and you have to stop any further communication with any other
person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hitches in receiving your payment.

Note that the Director payment needs these details from you to process
your payment:
(1) Receivers Full Names.................
(2) Country/City...............
(4) Txt Question..............
(5) Txt Answer..............
(6) Mobile Phone...............

Comply now because as soon as you sent this required details to
Mr. William Gold he will start sending your payment by Money Gram. And do
let me know immediately you start receiving your money for us to share
the joy together.

Mrs.Roberta Adams
Secretary of publicity for and on behalf:
IBRD World Bank

Portnovo, Republic Du'Benin

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