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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: "Mrs Gloria Peterson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 08:36:52 +0100
Subject: Hi

NIGERIA, West Africa.
Telephone. +234 7011001118.

Good day/Beneficiary:

I resumed work recently as director of moneygram transfer office here in Nigeria,west africa ,This is to inform you that,there is payment file valued $200,000.00 USD that bear your name ,So we want to start sending your fund of $200,000.00USD that is in this office since last year 2018 and you can only be receiving two times daily from us through your payment file, Moreover,you will pay $75 only for re-activation of your payment file that back up your fund before you can receive your first payment.

Furthermore, We have made todays payment for you via MONEY GRAM:Below is the Reference# number:62272243,But you have to pay $75 for activation of your payment file before you can be able to pick up this first payment of $2500 today.So kindly to your nearest MONEYGRAM office at your area and send the $75 with the below information to enable you pick up your first payment today.

Sender name= Helen Moore
Ref number #=62272243

Below is the information where to send the $75

Receiver name:Tagbo Mike
Country: Nigeria Republic

Waiting to hear from you soon for the release of the other payment today.

Mrs Gloria Peterson
Director MoneyGram
+234 7011001118

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