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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:

Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 02:30:25 +0900 (JST)

Good Morning!

A power of attorney was forwarded to our head office this morning by one gentle man (Mr.Richard J, StCloud)This man claimed to be your next of kin and this power of attorney stated that you are dead after brief illness and he brought account to replace your information in other to claim your fund of $9.9,million USA dollars which is now been on hold and unclaimed, below is the new account he submitted for the fund transfer.

Mr.Richard J, StCloud
ACCOUNT NO.: 10815543.
SORTCODE: 05-03-03

further informed: this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of a throat cancer. You are therefore given 24 hrs to confirm the truth , if you are still alive,? kindly contact us immediately, because we work 24 hrs just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to transfer the beneficiary's inheritance and contract payment.This man tried to claim your fund as he wants to bribe the office with the funds clearance fee ($200) to the extent that he wanted to donate more than the clearance fee to have your fund while we stopped him.

You are advice to call our office immediately for verification on this matter as we shall be available 24 hours to speak with you and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is safe for you and also be inform that any further delay from your side could be dangerous, as we would not be held responsible for any wrong payment. Contact us as soon as possible if you are truly alive as we have his identification and residence he provides for us to wire the payment to his private bank account.

Note: we want you to re-confirm your personal information below to enable us renew and update your file before we take the next step.

1.Full Name__________________________
2.Country/State/ City Name______________________
3.Delivery Address________________________
7.Personal phone Number______________________
8.A Cope of Your Passport/ Drivers Licenses____________________

I wait for your update as soon as you have receive our email kindly Send the $200 I TUNE GIFT CARD,AMAZE CARD OR BET CON today

Best Regards.
MR.WILLIS WALTER BRUCE united nation(Representative)

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