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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 ARMY LEWIS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 30 May 2019 01:44:32 -0700

Hello My Dear.

This is to bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the money Transaction originated from any part of African/ Europe and Asia counties etc. as Contract payment, Fund inheritance, compensation funds or Lottery Winning, ATM Debit cards, henceforth commercial banks, Security Companies, ATM Credit and Debit Union including any offshore payment centers are no more authorized to handle release of funds due to Unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security companies In releasing such huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorist and money Laundry activities going on world.

I write to inform you that we have programmed your $4000.00 dollars through MONEY GRAM PAYMENT as we have been given the mandate to transfer your payment total sum of $2.600,000.00usd Two Million Six Hundred Thousand United States dollars only,via MONEY GRAM by this Government.

All you will do is to contact MONEY GRAM PAYMENT director Bruce Barkery, Ask him to give the Text Question and Answer so that you will pick your first payment of the $4,000usd, He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.
Phone umber: +229 88 78 38 38
Email,( )

Your payment of $4000 is ready for pick up.

Reference: 22455456
sender s Name: Theresa John
Amount: US$4000
AMOUNT SEND: $4000 (available to pick up)

Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as, Full ' Name_______________ Address: ________________ Country:
_____________ Phone Number: _____________

yours in service
Mrs Army Lewis.
ADDRESS: 31 Avenue Joseph Steinmetz Cotonou,
Hours: 24 hours services

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