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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 Rose Joseph <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 08:21:01 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary,

Attention Beneficiary,

This is to inform you that your one Million Five Hundred Thousand
(1.5million USD) will be send to you via Money-gram money transfer.The
total amount mentioned above is with Money-gram outlet and they will
send the money via Money-Gram to you,Note you will be receiving
5,000.00USD every day.

Therefore I want you to email and call Mr Larry Moore. The Money-Gram
supervisor and ask him to give you the reference number you need to
pick up the first 5,000.00 USD today.

contact Mr Larry Moore ( or call
him(+229)99727328 now and ask him to give you reference and every
other information you need to pick up your 5,000.00USD today.Here is
what he may require from you.

You?re Receiver Name...
Your Country.....

Contact him now
tel. +229 99727328.
Contact person,
Mr Larry Moore.

Your first 5,000.00 USD is ready now,

Mrs Rose Joseph
IMF-Representative Office in Benin

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