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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. Gabriel Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2019 07:08:29 -0700
Subject: Greetings From Money Gram Money Transfer

Good day,

We have concluded to Send your payment through Money Gram money transfer $6,000.00 daily until the ($3.7MILLION ) is completely transferred. Meanwhile,MR Gabriel Douglas has Send you $6,000.00 in your name today. So contact our Money Gram money transfer payment Agent to SEND you the mtcn to pick up this $6000 now:

CONTACT PERSON: Dr. Raphael Anderson
Cell Phone +(+229) 65579817
Email Address:(

Please remember to Call and ask him to give you the Reference Number, sender name, question and answer to pick you to $6000.00. Also you should send to him your information.
Receiver's Name________________
Address: ______________________
Country: ______________________
Phone Number: _________________
Your Occupation _______________
I.D Card:______________________

Though, Mr. Gabriel Douglas has sent $6000 in your name today so contact Dr. Raphael Anderson or you call him (+229) 65579817 as soon as you receive this email and tell him to give you the Reference Number, sender name and question/answer to pick the $6000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Best Regards.
Mr. Gabriel Douglas

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