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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: Rosemay Mark <>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 09:34:09 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your first payment of $7000.00 due to COVID-19.

Attn Pls.

This is to acknowledge you, that your compensation payment sum of $1,700,000.00 has been released from Minister Of Finance Benin Republic. We are hereby to let you know that the first payment of $7000 per day with the Reference:

Through Money Gram have been transferred to your Name for you to pick up but you have to renew it, before you can pick up the $7000. Contact now so that we can give you the Receivers name also we have to renew your account in our Money Gram Central system to enable you collect the $7000 within 45 minutes.

Contact information:
(Dr)James Oti +22998198279
Director Money Gram

Respond as soon as you receive this message.
Mrs. Rosemay Mark

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