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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 05:10:23 -0700
Subject: Dear Customer

Money Gram Money Transfer Worldwide
Payment Order File. MG/2020/2021

Dear Customer

We are here to inform you about our final
conclusion to commence your compensation
payment through Money Gram Transfer at
maximum of $5,000 daily until your
$1.5 Million USD is completely transferred
to you accordingly.

I'm the accountant officer Mr. Robert Ibe
and have been resigned as the Director of
supervision on your 2020 year auditing
program and has signed your installment
payment with first $5,000 transfer in your
name today and need you to contact us back
on email or call below phone number with
your Valid ID, mobile phone number to verify
your name with Ref: 54460297 and post your
first $5,000 transfer available for pickup
in your city within 5mins.

Contact the cashier incharge of your payment
with the below details.

Name: Mrs. Sandra Jones
Phone; (680) 435-0253

So hasten up and give the agent a call to
process your payment at once. Ask him for
the Ref sender name to pick up your first
payment of $5,000.Once again congratulations.

Thanks for your patient and cooperation.

We give you best of our services

Mr. Robert Ibe
Director of supervision,
2021 Auditing Program

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