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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: "Mrs. Florah Usain" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:12:57 -0800
Subject: [***SPAM*** Score/Req: 06.80/3] Attn : Your Fund Value .. $5.750.000.00!!!


Compliment of the day,

With due regards to your inheritance fund as recovered and under the custody of the United Nations fund recovery committee, thus, considering the overdue duration of your inability to receive the fund. I want to inform you that we (United Nations fund recovery committee) have arranged with J.P MORGAN CHASE BANK'S AFFILIATE to immediately effect the online transfer of your $5.750.000.00usd via chase online transfers.

The transfer of your fund will be processed and completed within 3 working days, within which the fund will safely reflect into any designated bank account of your choice.

To this effect, you’re required to contact
Sir. Benson Cosmas
J.P Morgan Chase (Online Banking Services)
Tell : +195 666 3560
Email :- (
Email :- (

Deposit And Fund Details
Beneficiary Name ....
Fund Ref .. 110/XX/236/OB/2019
Fund Value .. $5.750.000.00
Fund Origin .. United Nations Fund Recovery Committee
Paying Formula.. Chase Online Transfer!

Once you contact . Sir. Benson Cosmas with your
*Full names --------
*Direct telephone number--------
*And your identification Number
*Current Address--------

He will furnish you with all necessary online information to carry out the online transfer of your fund by yourself. Endeavor to update me once you contact him

Thanks and best regards
Mrs.Florah Green (coordinator)
Copy right @ United Nations
Fund Recovery Committee

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