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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. Glen Moore" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:27:38 -0700
Subject: Hello Dear.!

We have already programmed the first payment of $4,500 USD out of the
total funds of $2.5M USD for immediate release to you. And we can't
be able to do that due to the Authorization Release Permit required in
order to enable us to do so.

Track with our Website:
MTCN Tracking Number: 014-733-2537

Sender's Name: Gary Pedro
Amount: $4,500 USD

What we required from you now is to secure Authorization Release
Permit, which is going to cost you $50 USD (only) please be aware that
this is the only charges/fees, as soon this is done, your first
payment of $4,500 USD will be release to you in less than 45 Mins for

Use our cashier's under-listed information to remit the required fee
to Obtain the requested Authorization Release Permit; Or you can buy
iTunes card send copy with receipt.

Receiver's Name: Phino Johnson
City: Cotonou
Country: Benin Republic
Required Amount: $50.USD only

We thank you for your perceived understanding and apparently your
highest level of cooperation.

Sincerely Yours,
Mr. Glen Moore
you can massage me on whataspple Phone: +229-60334492

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