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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. <jcorreo@protege.cll>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 00:33:24 -0800

[EXTERNAL] This message originated from outside ArisGlobal. Please exercise caution when opening attachments and links.

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 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 already sent you $5000.00 dollars through MONEY GRAM PAYMENT as we have been given the mandate to transfer your payment total sum of $3.6 Million,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 $5,000usd, He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily.
Phone number: +229 69725457
Email, ( )

Contact them here,

Your payment of $5000 is ready.

Reference: 69231415
sender s Name: John Ojadi
Amount: US$5000
AMOUNT SEND: $5000 (available to pick up)

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

Regards, yours in service Mrs Army Lewis
This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender or system manager by email immediately if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and against the law.

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