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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: "MRS,JOY.DENIS" <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2018 14:00:04 -0800
Subject: This is to inheritance $7000 payment from $4,500,000 million


Your first $7000.00 Will Be sent today

The first edition 2018 meeting held today with Federal Bureau of
Investigation, The International Monetary Fund IMF is compensating all
the scam victims and your name and email address was found in the scam
victims list

Call REV TONY MIKE +22962067151 immediately you get this mail to
enable him speed up your ( 1digit Reference,number),to pick up $7000
dollar Ref:-4678218* is available to pick up $7000 wrong person
Mr,Larry,Martin: your,inheritance your,$4,500,000,million,

MONEY GRAM WORLD has finalize all the necessary arrangement to pay
your due funds of $4.500,000 Million USD,and this funds has been
approved and legalized by the board of directors of MONEY GRAM,IMF AND
IRS altogether;that you will receive the fund $7000 per a day twice
until you receives your due payments of $4,5 million complete

Regards of your inheritance funds usd$4,5million,in custody Mr Larry
Martin send us a power of attorney stated that you have a car accident
Dead in car accident is true? the reason you abandon your funds,better
get back to receive fund $7000 $7000 if you Life true

So we are waiting for your urgent response so that your ( 1digit
number) Reference will releasing to you pick up $7000 usd the inland
revenue sign to releasing on your behalf from high Court and send
$7000 usd.But as am writing to you now,your first payment $7000 usd
has been made through MONEY GRAM today to release to you okay.


Call REV TONY MIKE +22962067151 immediately you get this mail to
enable him speed up your ( 1digit number) Reference to pick up $7000
dollar and you are advise to send your information to releasing your
$7000 usd immediately: E-mail : (( ))

Your Name___
Your country__
Your Address___
Direct phone number__

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Joy Denis.

REPLY BACK CLAIM $7000 (( ))

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