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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 Paul Richard <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 08:32:08 +0200
Subject: Hello, Beneficiary,


Hello Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that we have already sent you US$5,000.00
Through MoNEY GRAM as we have been given the mandate by IMF
Organization to transfer your part compensation payment of $3.7
MILLION USD via MONEY GRAM. I sent an E-mail to you yesterday for the
MONEY GRAM payment Details but the message returns back I don't really
know what happened. However, I tried again to re-send the e-mail to
you with all the payment details to pick up the money from any Money
Gram outlet, Please note: we will be sending only $10,000 USD per day
till we complete the total of $3.7 MILLION USD to you.

Here is the Money Gram detail to receive the $5,000 that was sent. To
confirm your MTCN visit Money Gram Website on

MTCN Number: # 363-608-57
Sender's Name: Johnny Williams
Amount: $5,000

Note: I have been Officially Assigned to facilitate this Transaction,
I hereby advise you to fellow my instruction to enable us complete
your Compensation Funds Transfer Successfully.
Contact me (+22963975342) or Email me your phone number in other to
call or text you once we send any money to you.

Thanks & Regards
Mr. Paul Richard
Chief Executive and Money Gram Accounting Officer

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