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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. Berry Mathew" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 21:47:44 +0200
Subject: my message...Attention Beneficiary,

I am contacting you because I've sent you the first payment of $ 4,000 this morning from your winning funds total amount of $ 4.5Million USD, Therefore you need to contact the Money Gram agent MR Jerry Smith and ask him to give you all the transfer payment information and MTCN.

Agent: MR Jerry Smith
Phone: +1(917-724-8694)

Please try and contact him today and ask him to furnish you with the payment information, Remember to Indicate the registration code of EB-2520 to him when E-mailing or calling him, Also he will be sending you $ 4,000.00 daily as per our office discussion with him.fill in the below details for confirmation. Here is the M.T.C.N(19444412) for you to comfirm if there is payment Available.

Your name___
Your country__
Your address___
You're Age / sex__
Your occupation
Direct phone number__
Your home phone number__

Do get in touch with me once you have received the money.
Please click reply and send him the details,
simply call him at his number:+1(917-724-8694)

MR Berry Mathew

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