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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. Robert F" <>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:28:39 +0000
Subject: Greetings from the Embassy

US Embassy Nairobi
United Nations Avenue Nairobi
P. O. Box 606 Village Market
00621 Nairobi, Kenya

Greetings from the Embassy

The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the Americans and South Americans, and to serve and protect US citizens and help foreigners in Kenya and the masses worldwide.

I want to use this great opportunity to tell you that we have received so much report from the West Africa on how you have spent so much money and struggling to receive your fund but you have not succeeded, I want to inform you that we the US Embassy Kenya have decided to Handle this because I can see that they are playing games over there and you will keep on sending money for nothing, We have found out that the west African system are so much corrupt when you mentioned Benin Republic, NIGERIA, GHANA and TOGO. We don't want such a thing here in Republic of Kenya because the Government here is taking good care of the People very well, I tried so much to gather all the information about you and have found out that so many things have gone wrong in the past.

I, Mr. Robert F. Godec the United States Ambassador to Kenya will never involve myself or this Embassy in such atrocities and abominable deeds, I have the record of $15.5m United State Dollars in your name and by the Power and strength of this office then you will receive your Fund through Bank, You should get back to me with your full contact details such as Your Full name, Country and City address, Occupation and Gender, Private phone no and home address.

Finally you still have the opportunity to receive your funds through bank to bank transfer or atm card delivery.

Please state your choice on the above options once you read this email. I will wait to hear from you now.

Mr. Robert F. Godec
United States Ambassador to Kenya.
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