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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: "Peter Wozny" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 08:11:34 -0700
Subject: Your Overdue Conundrum Solved

Global Foreign Review Emissary
Foreign Debt Reconciliation Commission
Sitting In West African Sub-Region
Cotonou - Republic Of Benin.

ATTN: Beneficiary.

Consequent to the numerous complaints and requests made to the United Nations, international Monetary fund, and African/European Union executives by many Foreign contractors and inheritors of Funds to impose sanction and close credit links to governments of some corrupt countries as a result of unjust delays and non-payment of contracts,lotteries and inherited funds that are legitimately owed to them, in consonant with the incessant nefarious activities of some corrupt Directors in some Governmental Ministries,agencies, authorities and Banking institutions who engages themselves in the illicit act of extorting illegitimate and unending fees from foreign beneficiaries of fund for their selfish interest, without transferring the said funds to their beneficiaries.

It was in view of the above ugly development that the Secretary General of the United Nation, Mr. Antonio Guterres and the IMF Delegates after a bilateral crucial meeting held on 5th Of September 2018, during which the head of administration of these countries, representatives of association of world Central banks and Human Right Renaissance Legion unanimously set up the United Nation/African Union Emissary's Foreign Debt reconciliation commission, to study, verify and audit all the affected foreign beneficiaries Payment files.

Please be informed that during our routine scrutiny and verification of your entire official papers of fund claim as contained in your approved payment file, it was certified that you are the legitimate beneficiary of your approved fund. And you have been enlisted among the lucky beneficiaries to benefit from U.S.A - ASIA -EUROPE & AFRICA Geo-political payment zone.

Note that the United Nations/African Union Emissary have earmarked the sum of Two Billion United States Dollars only, for the payment of all the affected foreign beneficiaries of funds worldwide. On that note, please be informed that we have approved full payment in your favor by a swift wire transfer via our accredited paying bank in Benin Republic, The Banque Internationale Du Benin, B.I.B.E.

To this effect, you are advised to call or email me immediately so that I will refer you to the designate director and department of our accredited paying bank in Benin, for an immediate completion of your fund release bureaucratic processes, for onward hitch-free remittance of your fund into your nominated bank account.

Finally, we are sorry for the inconveniences you might have suffered in the hands of those corrupt government officials and bankers who had earlier handled your payment file.

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Peter Wozny {Chief Scrutineer}

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