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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. Sandra Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:44:19 -0700
Subject: Dear Customer

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

Dear Customer

Your urgent response is needed for your fund transfer as soon as possible
today you shall be receiving $5000 USD daily until your total winning price
$850,000 USD is completely sent to you.

Reconfirm to us the below details for successful transfer of your fund and
take note that this transfer will only cost you $99 USD been your payment
file activation fee.

Provide us your full contact details/Profile as stated below:

1.Your Full name................
2.Contact Address..........
3.Country Of Origin......
4.Private telephone number...................
5.Attached any of Your Identification Copy.....

Best Regards.
Mrs. Sandra Jones
Phone; (407) 604-7941

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