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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:

Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:09:23 -1100
Subject: Attention: E-mail Address Owner,

Attention: E-mail Address Owner,

Sequel to the meeting held with Federal Bureau of Investigation, The
International Monetary Fund (IMF) is compensating all the scam victims
and some email users which your name and email address was found on
the list.However, we have concluded to effect your own payment through
Money Gram Transfer, $5,000 daily until the total sum of your
compensation fund is transferred to you.

This is your first payment information:

Track your first payment on-line:

MTCN#: 42499130

Amount Programmed: $5.000

Track your first payment on-line now Money Transfer | Global Money
Transfer | Money Gram

You are advised to get back to the contact person trough the email
below for more direction on how to be receiving your payment

Contact person: MR.JOHN YOUNG
Email address: (
+234 9069417796

Director Money Gram Transfer,
Head Office Benin Republic.

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