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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: moneygram office <"USA.">
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 23:12:10 +0900
Subject: Your Money Is Available To Pick Up At Any Money Gram Office.

Your Money Is Available To Pick Up At Any Money Gram Office.

The first payment of your compensation fund has been sent today via moneyGram
now to pick up your first payment of we will continue sending
your money until your total amount of $17.8 million USD is completed. through via any
money Gram office or Western Union now to pick up your first payment of $5000.00 usd now, after
that you can get back to me now with your full details.

full name:.....
Phone Number:......

for your second transfer I am waiting to hear
from you as soon as you pick up your first payment, you can email me for your
second transfer by emailing: our head office
Here is the information to pick up your first payment track it now with last
sender name Williams, and go and pick up your first payment of $5000.00.
Money Reference Number(REF); 36360857
Sender's First Name: Dennis L. J.
Sender's Last Name: Williams
Ref:# 36360857 (Track the Ref by
Ref:# 36360857 visiting:::::::::HEDGEHOGs://

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