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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 Joshua Dicks .Jr" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 21:18:48 +0000
Subject: Welcome to Money Gram Money Transfer,

*Welcome to Moneygram*

Money Gram Money Transfer
EMS Post Office Agent Location
Benin Republic
TELEPHONE: +229-62-423-839.


How are you doing today? Please take your time to read and understand this
message and please get back to me as a matter of urgency. After our
official verification perusal we have obtain facts that you are the
*debonair* beneficiary of the total fund of One Million, Five Hundred
Thousand united state dollars($1.500,000.00) deposited in our office by
the ministry of finance of the Federal Republic Of Benin through fund
vault KTU/9023118308/03 from United Nation, since this fund was given by
the Paris Club International on your name we never heard from you till now,
we want to use this opportunity to congratulate you once again for this
immensely donation given to you by the Paris Club International, You are
pick up your first payment of $5,000USD immediately.

Please you are advise to go through this e-mail carefully and make sure you
understand and comply with the contents before replying. We are instructed
by Federal Government of Benin to transfer your fund to you via our
installment transfer through our service (Money Gram Money Transfer) so you
will be receiving $5,000.00 USD daily until the successful installment
transfer of your total fund of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand united
state dollars($1.500,000.00). Meaning that you will be receiving your
$5,000 USD till the two hundred twenty five days which is the number of
days required for you to receive your total fund of One Million, Five
Hundred Thousand united state dollars($1.500,000.00).

Mean while you are required to send us the re-new payment file which is $45
usd for the $5000USD that we have already transferred to your name but
cannot be pick because it was place on hold by the management. Reason,
because we intend to deduct the transferring fee out from your total fund
but the Financial Trust Fund Committee of Benin Republic proof in
accordance to United Nation financial edits of 1990 as related to
international fund transfer policy as agreed with Money Gram acts that no
one has right over your fund as it have been signed and stamped that no
money should be deducted from your fund until it all gets to you to avoid
any mal-practice in making excessive deduction from your fund, be informed
that if the policy is not observe it might involve corruption which in
other words might lead you loosing your fund, therefore take note that we
cannot deduct your transfer fees from your fund.

Here is the information of the one we sent on your name now to you, but it
will remain on hold and the receiver name will not be given to you until
your payment file re-new before we can release the first $5,000USD to you.
To you be sure that the money is available in your name, you can track it
and confirm the availability of your first payment. Click on our web-site
via this tracking link to track your
available money.

Sender Name...............Duray Wilson
Transfer Status: (Available)
Amount:.......................$5000.00 USD

Therefore, copy the name below and go straight and send our official re-new
payment file of $45 usd to enable us proceed on your payment release
immediately, below is the information of our account officer which you will
use to remit the $45 usd Money Gram Money Transfer been our re-new payment
file for your $5,000.00 usd.

Receiver Name:........ Leo Nweke
Country:.................. Benin Republic
Test Question:..........Honest
Test Answer:.............Trust
Amount:..................$45 usd
Sender Name:..............

Your urgent respond is highly needed to enable us to release your first
transferred $5,000USD within an hour, include your telephone number as you
reply with your payment MTCN for the transfer fees. We hereby issued you
our code of conduct, which is (MGUMT-824) so you have to indicate this code
when contacting as your subject, call me for any question: +229-62-423-839.

I do hope you totally understand the content and note of this message?
Please do get back to us immediately with your prompt response.

Welcome to Money Gram Money Transfer,
Mr Joshua Dicks .Jr (Transfer Manager)
TEL: +229-62-423-839.

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