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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: "Financial Conduct Authority" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:36:55 +0100

Financial Conduct Authority
Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
United State of America.

Our Ref: SFSA/EU8/PY18

Dear Beneficiary,

We are not sure you received our previous message but we wish to congratulate and inform you that after all the verification of unclaimed, lottery , Inheritance, contract and compensation funds, your payment file was dictated unclaimed with Ref No: SFSA/EU8/PY18. The auditors report shows that you have been going through hard times by paying a lot of money to certain groups of individuals / offices for release of your fund with no avail because of some dubious officials that claims to be in possession of your fund while they are not.

Due to fraudulent activities all over the global world today, We therefore, advice you to stop further communication with any correspondence outside this office since you do not have to be paying that much fees to receive your fund.

Therefore, Your USD$10,280,000.00 (Ten Million Two Hundred and Eighty Thousand Dollars) will be release to you in any of the payment method of your choice. (1) Bank Transfer, (2) ATM Master Card.

For immediate release of your fund to you, kindly send your:
Full Name;
Direct telephone number:
Scan Copy of your identity card if any directly to information officer for adoption and facilitating of your payment.

PLEASE NOTE: All further correspondence should directly to Mrs Faith Stephenson at ( and should have the reference number: SFSA/EU8/PY18 as your subject, with your details and payment method of your choice (Bank Transfer and ATM Swift Card) for prompt attention.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Philip Morris.
For Financial Services Conduct.

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