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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 Army Lewis...." <correo@protege.cll>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 15:06:43 +0100

Hello My Dear

This is to bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the
money Transaction originated from any part of African/ Europe and Asia
counties etc. as Contract payment, Fund inheritance or Lottery
Winning, ATM Debit cards, henceforth commercial banks, Security
Companies, ATM Credit and Debit Union including any offshore payment
centers are no more authorized to handle release of funds due to
Unauthorized/incapability of financial Institutions/security companies
in releasing such huge sum of money due to Fraud, terrorist and money
Laundry activities going on world.

I write to inform you that we have already sent you $5000.00 dollars
through MONEY GRAM PAYMENT as we have been given the mandate to
transfer your payment total sum of $3.6 Million,via MONEY GRAM by this

All you will do is to contact MONEY GRAM PAYMENT director Bruce
Barkery, ask him to give the Text Question and Answer so that you will
pick your first payment of the $5,000usd, He will give you direction
on how you will be receiving the funds daily.
Phone number: +229 69725457
Email, ( )

Contact them here,

Your payment of $5000 is ready.

Reference: 69231415
sender s Name: John Ojadi
Amount: US$5000
AMOUNT SEND: $5000 (available to pick up)

Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer
such as, Full ' Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________

Regards, yours in service Mrs Army Lewis.

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