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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. Anaet Mark" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Anaet Mark" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:41:27 +0900 (JST)


You have been awarded a sum of US$3, 500, 000, 00, by the Money Gram 2018 Board Award Group, This award was selected through automated Internet system drawn randomly across the global Email draw promotion which was held in west Africa/Asia/South Africa/and Europe/ The Money Gram BOARD AWARD Group is sponsored by Chevron oil and Gas Company and others from unconventional oil resources and other international companies,

All participant were selected randomly through a computer ballot system of different Email users 100, 0000 Unions and corporate bodies that are listed all over the world and your Email ID happens to be among the lucky 900 Email, ID selected by our Money Gram Board Award machine system from over 1 Millions Emails that was used for the contest, this is how you won the Money Gram prize. OF Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars, US$3, 500, 000, 00, This message might be coming to you as a surprise but it is to notify all our Money Gram Award Winners about the latest development concerning all the Award that are left in our Money Gram custody, which yours are inclusive. Hence, our MONEY GRAM is now offering a SPECIAL BONUS to help all our Money Gram Award Winners that are listed to our Money Gram Headquarters. In order words we are now requesting that those involved should urgently to receive all their payment with Money Gram Benin Republic. Therefore, You are advised to kindly correspond to this email and lets get started with the wiring of your Awarded Funds to your Destination without any further delay, Contact Director Mr. Paul Gilchrest now with this information below for further instructions on how to get your SPECIAL AWARD PAYMENT: please meek sure to contact Director Paul Gilchrest LONG, Email(

HERE IS YOUR TICKET NUMBER. Batch No: ES-400/12 Ticket No: 190, Ref No: CIM-2079, Please Reply us with the following details for your claims.

Your full name_________________
Your address___________________
Your country___________________
Your age_______________________
Your Sex_______________________
Your occupation________________
Your Phone number_____________

Make sure you do not make any mistake with your information to avoid any wrong Claim. Call the Direct Manager with below Number +229-96459554 for more details. Or Reply to him as Instructed and use this code below as your subject... (MG/AWD221)

Contact Person::: MR Paul Gilchrest Email(
Please make sure you are the only person accessing your email for security reason.

Tank you
Best Regards
Mr. Anaet Mark

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