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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: " Mr.John C. Williams" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 15:16:20 +0100
Subject: Dear Email ID Owner,

Dear Email ID Owner,


The IMF is compensating all the email address, that was fund as one of
the ward win Victims and your mail address and your name is listed one
of approved to pay sum of $3.7 million U.S DOLLARS. We have concluded
to affect your own payment through Money Gram Money Transfer to easy
pick up those funds in good condition,$6,000 twice daily until the
total sum of $3.7million used is completely transferred to you. We now
need your information where we will be sending the funds, such as;
name(Your full Name)address and phone number. Contact Money Gram with
this E-mail: ( ) with your full
information. For urgent enquirer call Mr. Paul Williams Whets App
Number+2349135545536-for the payment.

Mr. Paul Williams Tel Phone Number; +229-66462141 Call Mr. Paul
Williams immediately you get this mail to enable him speed up your
payment immediately to release the$6000-dollar MTCN to you for your
pick up the payment OK.

Your Full Name:. . . . . . . . . . . .
Your Home Address:. . . . . . . . . . .
Your Country/ City: . . . . . . . . . .
Your Age:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Your Sex:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Your Direct Phone Number:. . . . . . .
Your ID copy:. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Your What's-app number. . . . . . . . .
Your Occupation.......................
You’re Company Name...................

Thanks, you,

Mrs. Susan Ude
Contact Dir Mr. Paul Williams. Money Gram Money Transfer,
Cotonou, Benin-Republic.
Contact Our What's App number +234-91355-45536 Or Email ( )

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