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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: "James Egobia" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 11:36:27 -0300

Money Gram Send Money Worldwide, Welcome to Money Gram Money Transfer

Dear Valued Customer,

The Money Transfer Service Lagos Nigeria headquarters wishes to
inform you that We have been mandated by the UNITED NATIONS
AFRICA STATES to final release your compensation payment of
USD250,000.00 to you this month through our Money Gram Office here in
Lagos Nigeria As one of the 20 scam victims selected to recieve this
compensation to avoid you sending much money to African again.

And for your information the maximum amount you will be receiving
startedfrom today is $10,000 USD till your total funds of $250.000USD
is completely transferred to you and we have send you the first
payment of $10,000 USD in two separate transactions of USD5,000 each
today through our payment system here before we were instructed to
cancelled the transfer by the Debt Management office of the
Presidency, Republic of Nigeria Through the Central bank of Nigeria
this morning because you are required to obtain international transfer
clearance from the DMO.

And we listed your first payment of $10,000 USD been sent in your name
today,but you will not be able to pickup the money unless you send the
fee of US$80 require to obtain the International transfer clearance
by the Government

REFERENCE NO.: 48­854-021
REFERENCE NO.: 67-118-793
Amount: USD $5,000 Each (Available for pick up by receiver)

Track it below: So if you want to
track the money and confirm if the funds is transferred enter to our
website then click tracking and enter the Reference
Number?(48­854021/67-118-793) Enter sender's last Name: WUNDERLICH ,
and click tracking and it will show you that your funds is available
for you to pick up.

Finally,be urgent in sending us the $80usd to enable us proceed to
obtain the International transfer clearance. Send the fee directly
with the name as outline below, use it to send the money via MONEY
GRAM to enable us pick it from our department here and reconfirm your
payment file approval from the Authority and commerce your daily
payment immediately. we also repeat again, you will not be able to
pickup the money unless you send the fee of US$80 require to renew
and reconfirm your payment file to us through the Central Bank Central
System in Benin Republic.So if you would prefer to start receiving
your payment today, hurry up and send the renewal and reconfirmation
of your payment file fees $80 with below information via MONEY GRAM
transfer service.

Receiver's Name: Onoi Andrew
Text Question: When
Answer: Now
Country: Nigeria
City: Lagos
Amount: $80
Sender's Name AND Refs #:

Final Notice: This payment you are receiving is coming directly from
United Nations scam victims Compensation Commission, so its risk free
and we at MONEY Gram headquarters has agree to start sending you the
payment immediately you meet up with our demand in this letter. But
after 2days and you did not comply,you stand the risk of canceling
your payment and have it return back to Government treasury.

Listen to me very well, I assure that if the $80 is been sent by you there wont be any problem and also you will have access to your Fund, also feel free to call me for any Question on this number : +2348122701639

Yours respectfully,
James Egobia,
Director money gram Payments.

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