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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: "Ms.Suss Jackson" <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:27:15 -0800

Attention: Please
To inform you that we have arranged your payment of ($3.500,000.00
Three million five Hundred Thousand united state dollars) in behalf of
the Federal Republic of Benin Government, And with Under the
co-operation of the new civilian Head of State, President Patrice
Talon and the President of Central Bank Of West African States [BCEAO]
held a meeting last week concerning your payment transfer starting
little amount by everyday $4,500 dollar,

So you are listed and approved for this payment to be sent to you
through MoneyGram money transfer payment. Your payment will be sent to
you by moneygram, the amount you will receive per day is $4,500 Dollar-
The moneygram director below will send you the current standards track
details you need to pick up your first payment ($4,500.00) payment by
MoneyGram, and you will receive $4500.00 only every day until you
receive the total sum of $3.500,000.00. The director administrator
trust funds have already signed your compensation funds to be release
to you within 2 hours time, starting with $4,500.Dollar

Kindly contact the below director who is in position to release your
payment by Moneygram. Contact Person==Mr. Henry Williams +229 69520644
44 MoneyGram Money Transfer E-mail: (,The
MoneyGram payment center has been mandated to issue out your payment
and you have to stop any further communication with any other
person(s) or office(s) to avoid any hackers in receiving your payment.
Note that the administrator payment need this details from you to
Process your payment right now as you receive the message:

Your Receiver’s Name---------------

Your Country--------------

Your City----------------- -

Your Correct Phone No ------------

Comply with Mr. Henry Williams now because as soon as you send this
required details to him, he will start sending your payment by
MoneyGram. Email:(
Best Regards,
Ms.Suss Jackson

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