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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: "INFO WU" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:20:44 +0100
Subject: Money Gram Office:

Hello My Dear:

This is to inform you that our last meeting held in Presidential office has come to conclusion that your payment of $3.500,000.00 usd has approved through Money Gram Office Benin Republic as the best and easiest way for you to receive your fund and we had this morning negotiated with the Money Gram office that they will be transferring to you $7000.00 usd in daily bases until you finally received the whole amount.

Based on our agreement with the Money Gram Director Mr.Jose Eke who stated that your payment will start immediately you contacted them, so you are advised to contact the office with the below information such as:

Your Name......
Your Home Address......
Your Country/City.....
Your Age/Sex.....
Your Direct Phone Number......
Your Id Copy.....
Your Occupation.....

Money Gram Office:
TEL: +229-62411639

Best Regards,
Mrs.Sandra Kelechi

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