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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:

Reply-To: "Mr J.Coley Clark" <>
Subject: AA

Money-gram Office
Gordon s,Market
433 Valley Ave
AL,35209_3805 USA.
This is to inform you that there is some money that has be deposited here by (FOREIGN REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT) to be transfer to the list provided by the

Organization,Amount to be transfer is sum of ($6.700`000`00 USD)it has Be Approved to Release via
Money Gram Office after the final meeting with (IMF) Concern the transfer,All you
will do is to Contact Money Gram Director,Mr J.Coley Clark via
Email will give you Direction on how you will be Receiving Your

Funds Daily. Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Your Receiver Name;--------------
Your Country;---------------------
Your City;--------------------------
Your Phone Tell;------------------
Your Test Question;--------------
Your Test Answer;----------------
Your Registration fee is very important without the registration we can,t make the transfer, instructed by the (FRD)
Your Copy of your ID CARD OR Passport;-- Note, Director.Mr J.Coley Clark Will send

Your First transfer of ($5000.000 USD) in your name today so Contact

Director,Mr J.Coley Clark or you call him On Phone Call 1-(646) 664-1430 as soon as you
Receive this email and tell him to give you Reference number of ($5000.000 USD) sender name to
pick up the $5000, Please let us know as soon as you received all your Fund,

Best Regards.
Mr J.Coley Clark
Your first payment of ($5000.00USD)Will been sent via money gram.

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