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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 Njide Adice <"www.">
Reply-To: Mrs Njide Adice <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:03:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Contact Money Gram AGENT Now?

Attention dear,

we the money gram agent remitting office have sent your full compensation payment of ($5.5 million usd,) through money gram, you will be receiving $5.000.00usd per day. now we have send the first payment to contact our director Dr.Jose Mallam and ask him to give you the money gram payment information so that you can be able to pick up

your funds through money gram without any problem.

here is the contact information of money gram
director: general Dr.Jose Mallam
email address:(
phone number: +229-99386892

then contact him with your full information to give you the reference number to collect your $5,000 usd.

your name...................
phone number...................
your picture..................

call or email him now so that he can provide the money gram information to you as urgent as you can.

thanks and god bless you.
Mrs Njide Adice

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