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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: "I am Christopher A. Wray" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 17:11:17 +0800
Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation

I am Christopher A. Wray, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on behalf of world security agency.
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, it is because of the restrictions imposed by your Mail/Internet Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? You may not understand why this email came to you. In regards to the recent meeting between the United Nations, Cyber Crimes Commission (CCc), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of the Nations based on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance Project to help and make the world a better place. We have been having meetings for the past 3 months with the Secretary General of the United Nations.
This email come to those who are yet to receive their compensation/inheritance/winnings and who have been scammed in any part of the world, this includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that failed due to Government problems etc. Recently we the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) arrested internet fraudsters and Scammers with large amount of money so if you are receiving this email its means you were selected to be compensated as a scam victim among 100 selected victims with part of the money recover from the internet fraudsters account. The UNITED NATIONS have agreed to compensate you with the sum of $2,000.000.00 USD (TWO MILLION DOLLARS). 100 people were selected across the Globe for this FIRST OF THE YEAR COMPENSATION and Your name and email was in the list submitted by our monitoring team observers and that's why we are contacting you.
It is my great pleasure to inform you that your ATM Visa card number; {4000-1284-9897-9908} have been approved in your favour. Your Personal Identification Number (PIN) is 6062. The ATM Visa card Value is $2,000.000.00 USD (TWO MILLION DOLLARS) and it have already been programmed to dispense a maximum of $5000.00USD (FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS) for each use
and can be used for a maximum of 4 times in a day after each 6 hours
hence it can dispense a total of $20,000.00USD (TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) in a day.
However, i URGE you to contact this SPECIAL AGENT whose name is DEREK FOSTER. He will be helping you till you get your funds, Kindly provide him this following informations below to PROOF that you are the real owner of this FUNDS and to avoid wrong delivery.
Full Name:
Telephone Number:
Residential Address:
Scan and send your Signature:
Contact Derek Foster Below:
Email: (
Phone: +1(912) 454-2451
He is obligated to give you a call and treat your case with utmost urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in touch with you via phone and email.
Under normal circumstances, the collection of your ATM Visa card has been approved by the International Monetary Funds and the Finance Ministry, and they have insisted that you have to pay for the DELIVERY FEE ONLY which will cost you just (TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS ONLY) $250 USD only, then after your payment has been made we would forward the receipt of your payment to the courier company that will carry out the delivery shipment of your ATM Visa card to your door step and you will receive it within 24 Hours and they would be a document for you to sign as a proof of your collection.
Ask Derick Foster for more directive. And please note that the delivery fee cannot be deducted from your ATM Visa card due to the fact that no one has the authority to unlock and use your ATM Visa card but only you.
Best Regards
Christopher A. Wray
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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