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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 Kennedy Jr" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:12:16 -0700
Subject: U.S Federal grant program, apply for a grant loan free

Hello how are you doing?

Have you heard about UFGP grant program?

it's the new Federal funding program, they give financial assistance
to an individual and organization, collaborating with World Bank and
Nations, the agency promotes the social and economy well being for
people and strengthening human services,

They are anti-poverty policy they are non profit organisation funding
by government, and quess what, its worldwide, you can also apply for
grant from anyway in the whole-world, The money is free you don't have
to pay back when you qualify
i would advice you to apply for the grant because the program will
soon end.You have to apply through their agent,

The agent will help you he helped me during my own, you have to tell
him tangible reason why you want to apply for the grant. You just have
to tell him your present condition, when i contacted the Agent i told
him my reasons and i'm granted,

i was asked to fill out a form so that the courier company can locate
my destination,
I'd that immediately and send it back to them, but if you choose bank
transfer is ok, i was also asked to choose my preferable grant choice
among the available grant prizes then i choose $5,000,000. 5 million

after my grant is approved i was also told to pay for needful and
back-up document because every grant has it own amount payable and
refundable, and again no collatery requirement, its USA Federal GRANT
PROGRAM, Make sure you fill the form correctly, so that they would not
deliver your grant to wrong address at the point of delivery or

Click on message box and mail him, let him know that a friend told you
to contact him on behalf of grant money, Get in touch with the agent
as quickly as possible,

Name: Mr Muhtar Kent
Email: (

It's real and legal i'm extremely happy cause when i received the
Money from the courier company, i quickly paid off my Old bills, and
start my business again, I think it's part of life's opportunity,

I'm not joking or pulling your legs, am very serious about this i was
told by someone and i want you to do the same like i did, cause i
think is part of life time opportunity don't miss-out,

I am happy for you because many people are waiting for this
opportunity and they haven't come across it. Oh i have been off phone
because ever since i have gotten this money i've been getting some
strange calls.

Best regards
Kennedy Jr
Washington DC.

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