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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: "Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2018 02:01:16 -0700
Subject: Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3)

I am Mr. Jeffery Hawkins, Director in charge of compensation to scam victims from the Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3). Reports have reached our office by so many correspondence on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by Various Banks and Courier Companies across Europe to Africa and Asia to keep paying recurrent and endless bills with nothing to show for it, so we have decided to put a stop to that which is why the IMF was appointed us to monitor your transaction here in the USA,Europe,Asia to ensure your compensation funds reach you.

After proper investigations at Western Union and Money Gram Office, we found your name in their database among those that have sent money to different countries, therefore we are now working hand in hand with Western Union to track the fraudsters down, do not respond to their communication any longer to avoid falling more victim because they are a threat to your transfer.

In this regard a meeting was held between the Board of Directors of The Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3) investigations and it was agreed that you will be compensated with the sum of $10.5,000,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as compensation for losing money to fraudsters and would be paid by the U.N from Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division.

kindly contact Mr Mark Willaims, the USA delegate from IC3 via email:
Tell: (1) 315 327 2876

Yours sincerely,
Jeffery Hawkins
Director In Charge
Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3)

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