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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. Deborah Mgbogi" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2021 12:50:29 +0000


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. Jeff Edward has Sent you
$4,000.00 in your name today. So contact Mr. Jeff Edward, 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.

WHATSAPP NUMBER (+229) 6078-2149
Email ( )

Receiver's Name
Phone Number:
Your Occupation

Though, Mr. Jeff Edward has sent you $4000 today so contact Mr. Jeff
Edward WhatsApp Number (+229) 6078-2149 or email
( 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 fund.

Best Regards.
Mrs. Deborah Mgbogi

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