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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. Christopher A. Wray" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:41:53 -0700

The Federal Bureau on Investigation ( FBI ) here in the United States of America in conjuction with the United Nation Compensation Commission (UNCC) have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that %95 Percent of World Citizens has been Involved in an Internet Fraud which has Resulted to Many Damages and Losses in There Lives. This Commission was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. Its mandate is to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damages suffered as a direct result of Internet Fraud. The UNCC in conjunction with the U.S President Donald Trump organized a confederation meeting which ended 2 weeks later, with the Secretary General to the UNITED NATIONS.
Furthermore, we want to place this on your notice that The Federal Bureau on Investigation Officer ( Mr. Christopher A. Wray ) recently had a meeting with the United Nation Secretary-General ( Ban Ki-Moon) along with some of the top officials of the Ministry regarding The Connection between Some Internet Fraudsters and Some of There Victims which I personally notified that you have been Indirectly been Involved with some Internet Transaction But Does Not have any Advantage as You have Lost a lot of Funds Regarding to The Transaction, through TWITTER, FACEBOOK and Intergram claiming to be Celebrities,people like ( Mr Stacey Sochia, Mr Andrea Bugarin, Mr. Parker, Mr. Daniel Scott ) and his gang, which they are now on the run but we will soon track them down,Please do not review this information to them,to enable us track them down.
This email is directed to you hence you that have been scammed among other people in all parts of the world. In reference to the just concluded meeting, the UNCC in affiliation with Donald Trump, has agreed to compensate them with categorical payment sum of $2.000,000.00 each. In its decision of 24th March 2018, the Governing Council established basic principles for the distribution of compensation payments to successful claimants. This decision was made two before the resolution of the first installment of claims before the Commission. As stated in the Secretary-General’s report of 26th March 2018, it was anticipated that the value of approved awards would far exceed the resources available in the Compensation Fund at any given time. The Governing Council therefore devised a mechanism for the allocation of available funds to successful claimants that gave priority to the three urgent categories of claims.
Accordingly, We found your name in our list and that is why you are receiving this email notification.The Entire Bodies Involved in The Compensation Office ( The FBI and The United Nations ) are instructing you personally, that if you have been involved in the above Mentioned Transaction or you are expecting the Compensation from the Federal Bureau of investigation or the United Nations , You have to Immediately Proceed and Follow our instruction by contacting the approved payment Bank which is the BANK OF AMERICA OFFICE, who will be releasing your compensation fund payment of $2Million USD to you. Contact them immediately for your approved funds(USD$ This funds are still Under the Firm Custody as it has been approved.
You are hereby advice to immediately contact the Bank of America office concerning the Release of Your Fund and Do Instruct them that you were directed from the Office of the FEDERAL BUREAU ON INVESTIGATION AND THE UNITED NATION COMPENSATION DEPARTMENT. We hereby advice you to Furnish Them with your Full Names, Residential Address, Your Telephone and Here are the Contact Details.
Our mission is to help protect you, your communities, and your businesses from the most dangerous threats facing our nation—from international and domestic terrorists to spies on U.S. soil…from cyber villains to corrupt government officials…from mobsters to violent gangs…from child predators to serial killers.
In regard to your compensation fund of $ Million  United States Dollars) which was recently endorsed by the  US government to compensate all the us citizens that have been scammed,this is an instruction from the Office of the U.S President Donald Trump.In order for us to secure and protect your information's against impostor/impersonators. You are to contact the Chairman Bank Of America (BOA) on their information below.
NAME:  Brian Thomas Moynihan
Chairman, CEO & President Bank Of America Corporation
BANK NAME :  Bank of America
Email :  
Just keep us updated on anything you are ask to do anything by the corresponding bank.
Looking forward to hear from you as soon as you receive this message and make sure you contact the appointed paying bank which is BANK OF AMERICA( BOA ) as directed.
Signed and Sealed By..
Mr. Christopher A. Wray.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
In Conjuntion with The
Ban Ki-Moon (UN Secretary-General)
United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC)

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