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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: Special agent <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 06:08:20 +0100
Subject: Good Day

Good Day

Your name and your contact details was given to this office in respect of
your total inherited compensation owned to you which you have failed to
claim because of either non-compliance of official processes or because of
your unbelief of the reality of your genuine payment. We wish to bring to
you the solution to this problem right now,You are here by notified that
your Inheritance Contract Payment of ($4.5 Million USD) Four Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars has been Approved to be made to you
Money-Gram office Benin Republic, please if you found this email in your
spam it will be as result of low connection in our system at the moment
kindly move it to your inbox before ly.

This is to officially informed you that we have Deposited the check of your
funds and concluded arrangement to effect your payment of $4.5 Million USD
through MONEY GRAM Swift Money transfer services today, and the maximum
amount you will be receiving every day starting from tomorrow is $5,000.00
as reflected in our transfer system daily until the funds is completely
transferred. This special arrangement is being used to avoid all scrupulous
demand by both the states and federal authorities that have previously
delayed your payment till date.

Please contact the Accredited MONEY GRAM Agent for the details of your
first payment of $5,000.00 United State Dollars and reconfirm your correct
details that you will like the first transfer to be program with such as
Receivers Name, destination where you will like the transfer to be send to
and your cell phone number for urgent communication if the need arise.
Fill your details below for reference purpose:
Remember your obligation to secure an international Remittance for as
stated in United Nation act of (FRT299) that will help build and renew your
transfer file for record keeping as a way of checkmating the present
Economies crisis situations. Contact the below Electronic Transfer unit of
MONEY GRAM for immediate programming of your first transfer:


Yours service

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