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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 <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 01:57:54 +0100
Subject: welcome to Money Gram head Office

welcome to Money Gram head Office
cotonou benin republic / address 4955 agbokou

Attention:dear customer of this fund.

we the Money Gram head office is sending this mail to you almost 25
times which you failed to reply , once again this information reach us
since months ago from our corporate headquarters uba bank money
gram, states that you only have 28 hours to effect payment for the
activation of your mtcn/Ref No to enable you cash up your first $5000
from your total (fund of $2.5Million Usd (Two million five hundred
thousand united state dollars which will transfer to you completely.)
since you are finding it difficult to make this payment we have
decided that you are to go ahead and pay whatever you have for the
Activation Fee since you are not able to come up with the required fee
time is of the essence here,

Reconfirming your transferring address as listed down here as
your received name,

your country:::::::::::::
your full names:::::::::::
your city:::::::::::::::
phone no:::::::::::::::
your address:::::::::::::::

since you don't have the require fee so go and send any amount of
money that you have at hand start from $75,usd so that we will
activate your Ref No and send it to you today, upon receipt of this
payment, i will guarantee you 100% sure that you must pick up your
first payment of your fund within 2hours 30 mints after picking up the
money from you and i am assuring you now that you will never be
disappointed after sending the last fee which is any amount of money
that you have at hand please we are very sorry for all the problem
that you have passed through because of this your belong payment of
which you failed till now.remember that any delay is on your hand now
and don't blame anybody here if you loose your payment because is your
duty to be fast and send the fee soonest for your transfer to begins
in transferring to you for your total funds of $ 2.500 million usd to
you immediately.

i repeat my vow again, once you send this fee definitely your payment
must be done to you and nothing more will be request from you. no
additional fee again to avoid mistake in sending your daily payments
to you, i suggest you reconfirm your full receiving details
information upon confirming the mtcn and sender name of the fee to
enable you get your $5000 usd, today and remember if you miss this
wonderful opportunity that means it will be very hard for you to get
this fund again, be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum
of your activation upon cashing up of your first $5000 usd, also i
am using this medium to inform you that if you fail to pay the balance
sum then you will leave us with no option but to deactivate your mtcn
of which you will and can never cash up the balance sum.

so i want you to send the amount you have at hand with this
information bellow. and update us amount that you send and the mtcn.
send the payment

Here is the name and address for you to send the require fee as fast
as possible today via western union or money gram fast now today ok.

Receiver name: BEST OBA,
Country: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Amount: $75,Usd

Thank You
Yours sincerely,
Mr David Anthony

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