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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: "Mr.Mike Larry" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Mike Larry" <>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2021 17:57:19 +0900
Subject: Amount: $4,500

Dear: Beneficiary:

Amount: $4,500

Information reaching us from our corporate headquarters now, states that
you only have 24hours to effect payment for the activation of your MTCN
to enable you cash up your first $4,500:00USD from your total (fund)
since you are finding it difficult to make this payment we have decided
that you are to go ahead and pay whatever you have for the activation
fee since you are not able to come up with the required sum, time is of
the essence here.

You are to pay whatever you have from $25up for the activation fee; we
will activate your MTCN upon receipt of this payment.

HERE IS YOUR Available for pick up by receiver BELOW.
Sender First Name: Kayla
Sender Second Name: willams
Test question: IN GOD
Test answer: WE Trust
Amount: $4,500
Reference: 20279725
mony gram

Be informed that you will have to pay the balance sum of your activation
upon cashing up of your first $4,500:00USD, also i am using this medium
to inform you that failure to pay the balance sum will leave us with no
option but to deactivate your MTCN of which you will and can never cash
up the balance sum

I want you to send the activation fee with the information bellow.

1. Receive Name Nomi Umka
2. Country:........Benin Republic
3. City:...........Cotonou
4. Test Question: Trust
5. Test Answer: Trust

Send us the MTCN number immediately you send the money and immediately
we confirm the transfer fee we will send you the first receipt of your
$4,500:00USD today and not tomorrow.

Mr.Mike Larry
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