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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: "Mrs. Judith Peloquin" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2023 03:38:32 -0700
Subject: MTCN to pick up your first payment $6000 now

MTCN to pick up your first payment $6000 now

Good day,

We have concluded to Send your payment through Money Gram money transfer
6,000.00 daily until the total fund of $3.7MILLION is completely
transferred. Meanwhile, MR. Howard Edward has Send you $6,000.00 in your
name today. So contact Mr. Howard Edward, through Money Gram money transfer
payment Agent to SEND you the MTCN to pick up this 6000 now:

CONTACT PERSON: Mr. Howard Edward
Cell Phone +229 68564057
Email Address:( )

Please remember to Call and ask him to give you the Reference Number,
sender name, question and answer to pick up the $6000.00. Also you should
send to him your information to cross check it to avoid mistake.

Receiver's Name________________
Address: ______________________
Country: ______________________
Phone Number: _________________
Your Occupation _______________
I.D Card:______________________

Though, Mr. Howard Edward has sent 6000 in your name today so contact Mr.
Howard Edward or you call him as soon as you receive this email and tell
him to give you the Reference Number, sender name and question/answer to
pick the 6000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Best Regards.
Mrs. Judith Peloquin

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