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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:

Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 22:57:43 +0930
Subject: attention

We have concluded to Send your payment through Money Gram money transfer
$4,000.00 daily until the total fund of ($10.5MILLION ) is completely
transferred. Meanwhile, Mr Hector Giroud has Send you $4,000.00 in your
name today. So contact Mr Hector Giroud, through Money Gram transfer
payment Agent to SEND you the MTCN to pick up this $4000 now:

Please remember to Call and ask him to give you the Reference Number,
sender name, question and answer to pick up the $4000 Also you should
send to him your information to cross check it to avoid mistake.

Receiver's Name
Phone Number:

Though, Mr Hector Giroud has sent you $4000
today so contact Mr Hector Giroud as soon as you receive this email and
ask him for the Reference Number, sender name and question/answer to
pick the $4000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your
CONTACT PERSON: Mr Hector Giroud
WhatsApp Number (+229) 69641576

Best Regards.
Mrs. Deborah Mgbog

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