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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. Kevin Joe" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 00:39:29 +0100


Following the instruction to pay all scam victims $25.5 Million each
by IMF through Money Gram service, we wish to inform you that your
email address was one of the lucky ones to receive this prize.
You will be receiving $5000.00 daily until the whole amount is
completely transferred to you, today we have already sent you
$5000.00, but to make sure that there is no mistake; the reference
information cannot be forwarded now until you confirm the following:

1. Your Name __
2. Home Address____
3. Cell Phone______
4. Occupation______
5. Age_____________

The above information should be directed to: Mr.Kelvin Joe, (Text me

also include this transaction secret code: MGX678G. Note: Your file
will expire after 7 days if there is no response, then we will not
have any option than to return your fund to IMF as unclaimed.Your
swift response will enhance our service, thanks for your co-operation

Mr.Kelvin Joe
Money Gram global money transfer

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