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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: Thu, 25 Jul 2019 03:18:10 -0700
Subject: Greetings From Money Gram Money Transfer

Welcome to Money Gram Money Transfer Send Money Worldwide office
Department Of Money Gram United State Of America.
ADDRESS: address:1 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10006, United State Of America
Greetings From Money Gram Money Transfer Send Money Worldwide office.

This is to inform you that the America Embassy office was instructed to transfer your $4.5 Million Dollars compensating for all the SCAM VICTIMS and your email were found as one of the VICTIMS By America Security leading team, and America representative officers, You will be receiving the sum of $5000 dollars per day. However we are informed you that we have already sent the first payment of $5000usd dollars and post it online to avoid delaying of this Fund, And also note You have only six hours to call this office upon the receipt of this Email the maximum amount you will be receiving per a day starting from today is $5000 and the Money transfer reference number of your payment is below.

Dear Customer We are here by giving you this Money gram Payment Information to track your payment of 5000USD dollar yourself Paste or click our website : and put this MTCN 59870036 also the Sender's last Name: WILLIAMS,

Here is the information to pick up your first payment of $5000 through Money Gram store close to you.
Track the MTCN track) by visiting:::::::::
Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N): 59870036
Sender's Name:-------------Santa Leung
MTCN : --------------59870036
Text Question:--------------- In God
Answer: --------------- We Trust
Amount Sent=$5000 USD

Then confirm that your first payment mtcn of $5000.00 is available to pick up.
NOTE; The send $5000 is on hold because of the instruction from IMF office, they asked us to place it on hold by requesting the Clean Bill Record Certificate in order to fulfill the entire necessary obligation So that we will start sending you the payment through Money Gram Office Money transfer,the necessary Obligation i mean here is to obtain the Clean Bill Record Certificate from the Federal High Court.We need the below details from you to enable us place the payment to your name and transfer the fund to you.


Your Full Name: ___________
Your Country: __________
Your Direct Telephone Numbers: ___________
Your Current Home Address: _________
Your Current Occupation: _________________
Your age: ___________________
Your Email Address: ____________

We anticipate your urgent response to this message as soon as possible. And note that your payment files will be returned to the IMF within 6hours if we
did not hear from you because this was the instruction given to us by the IMF office here in USA. We will start the transfer as soon as we received
your information.
Congratulations your prompt response will be of good help to you in this matter

Name: Mr. Richard Maxwell
Office Tel: (315) 677-0890 Text or Call SMS
Manager Director Of MoneyGram New York Head Office.

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