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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.Michael Lee" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2023 12:55:33 +0100
Subject: Attention Dear,

Attention Dear,

There is an issue with the MONEY GRAM PAYMENT in the amount of 1.$850,000 usd
(Eight Hundred And Fifty Thousand United State Dollars)directed in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/21, at the owner of this email address.The
International Monetary Fund contacted us for your compensation a couple of
hours ago due to your allocated security code. They said that they choose
to send it to an email address instead of a name. We are unable to complete
a transfer directed at an email address,so we require some more information
in order to complete this transfer.

FULL NAME: .....................................
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:.........................
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:.......................

In order to resolve this problem,please email via MONEYGRAM Solicitors Fund
Verification Department: (
) or your can call (+229
As soon as this information is received,and you have complied
with the requirements of payment of the MONEYGRAM charges sum of $150usd,
for the transfer, payment will be made to your nominated bank account or at
the counter directly from The MONEYGRAM PAYMENT Transferring Bank. When
emailing,please use reference number 250-153 for our mutual convenience.

Best Regards
Mr.Michael Lee

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