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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: PAYMENT <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 06:59:12 +0100
Subject: Money Gram Payment

Dear Beneficiary ,

This is to inform you that we have sent your first payment of
$5,000.00 (Five Thousand dollars) through Money Gram as we have been
given the mandate to transfer your full inheritance funds of
$2.5Million Dollars via Money Gram by the United Nations Government.I
called to give you the information through phone but we could not
reach you even this morning.So,I was instructed to email you the
payment information which include Reference (Money Transfer Control
Number) and sender's name,so that you can pick up your payment of
$5,000.00 to enable us send another payment of $5,000.00 by tomorrow
as you know we shall be sending you only $5,000.00 per day. Please
get back to us for the release of your first payment information and
go to any Money Gram
office/outlet closer to you to receive this payment of $5,000.00 and
get back to us to send you another payment by tomorrow.

Sender First Name: Don
Sender Second Name: John
Reference MTCN: The MTCN number will be release to you once you
reconfirm your receiver info to pick up your first payment.
Amount Sent: $5000

Call or email this office as soon as you have received your first
payment for the releasing of your second payment
you can also track your payment on line once you receive it by login
to ( ) before you go to any money
transfer close to you to pick the money.

Fill The Form Below and Send back to us

1. Name:____________________
2. Address:__________________
3. Country:___________________
4. Phone Number:_____________
5. Occupation:________________
6. Sex:_________________
7. Age:___________________

william smith
Manager Director for Money Gram .
NOTE: To text or call this office for any question.
Office Tel:+1 513 463 3079 Text or Call SMS

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