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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: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:07:21 +0100
Subject: Pick Up Your First Payment Of $5,000.00

Send Money Worldwide Money gram Office is a
convenient way to send money
fast. It's easy, reliable and you have a choice
of great options.

From The Desk Of Mr. Allen Davis
Direct line: +229 97807922
Money Gram Payment Office®


Below is the information of your First payment
of $5,000.00 USD from your
total amount of $1,500 000 USD which was deposit
here by Dr. Richard Adams
with registration number of: EB-2485. But
unfortunately the Managing Director
of this department called us this morning and
reported that you have not
completed the required fee of $195 USD which you
are suppose to pay for the
purchasing of your inheritance files before the
transfer commerce on your

we have programmed the entire funds into our
system to enable you pick up
$5,000 Dollar daily. The funds transfer are all
in place for you to collect now but
we have to purchase your payment inheritance
file due to the huge amount of
fund involves.

However, we have already sent out the funds but
not yet been putting on your
name as the receiver. Therefore you are advice
to send us the required fee of
$195 USD so that we can purchase your payment
inheritance files and put your
name on the receiver of the transfer to enable
you pick your first payment of
$5,000 USD once you comply to the rules and
regulations of our transferring

You are advised to send this $195 USD for
purchasing fee via MONEY GRAM or
WESTERN UNION to our cashier receiver name
mentioned below:

Receiver's First Name: IKECHUKWU
Receiver's Last Name: OKWARA
Country: ________________ Benin
City: ___________________ Cotonou
Amount: _________$195
Sender name:_____
Sender Country:______
Reference Number: _______


Then after you have made the payment you can
send the payment information
through our email address written below together
with your full receiver's info.
And As soon as we have received the payment of
$195 USD from you and it's
confirmed, we will carry out our duties
effectively and urgently as we have
schedule because all the necessary arrangements
have been completed in our
end and within 3 hours we will complete the
transfer online and put your name
on the receiver of the funds, also furnish you
with the full info / details which
you will use to pick up your first payment of
$5,000 USD at any Money gram
Office branch or store in your city/state.

You are advised to comply immediately you
receive this E-mail to enable us
carry out our duties effectively and urgent as
we have schedule because all
necessary arrangement has been completed on your
behalf. Is rest assured
that immediately we receive the activation fee
today, we will purchase your file
and your entire transfer valued of $1.5 Million
Dollar within 3hours and
commence with the release of your daily payment
$5,000.00 each morning
until your funds is completely transferred to
you as we agreed on your service
after the meeting held with the Tender Board of


1) Senders Name: AMOBI
2) MTCN Number: 74787802
3) Amount: $5000 USD

We advise that you visit our website and go to track, put
in the senders name and (REF) 74787802 and see
that your First payment of
$5,000 USD is there but we need the above stated
fee of $195 USD to re-direct
the transfer to you for your easy pick up.

?Note that within 72hrs if you do not remit the
required fee of $5,000.00 the
transfer will be retrieved back and remember
that the payment details given to
you does not bear your name as the receiver
until you make the required
payment of $195 USD then we will put your name
as the receiver.

Get back to us through our Email
( with the payment
information once you have made the payment

Waiting on your email once you have made the

Have a good day.

Mr. Allen Davis
Direct line: +229 9780 7922
Money Gram Payment Office®

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