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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: "Award Notification Centre" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2019 16:26:02 +0100
Subject: CDFI Awards (PPC) 5666046

You have been selected a winner for the CDFI 2018/2019 Individuals Awards. After reviewing our Searchable Awards Database, we confirmed that your name and email address was listed amongst December 2018 winners, with Participant Pass-Code (PPC) 5666046.
From the beginning of this year the CDFI Fund's various award programs have been given out, includes the Bank Enterprise Award, Capital Magnet Fund, CDFI Small-Business, CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, CDFI Program, FEC Pilot Program, Individual Awards Program, Native Initiatives, and New Markets Tax Credit Program.
The aim of this awards is providing access to affordable financial products and services in underserved communities, Small-businesses, NGOs, Families, Homeless, Disabled and the needy, this is the vital part of the CDFI Fundís mission. By building the capacity of a nation-wide network of financing economically distressed communities and low- income people.
For further information about your prize, do reply this email with your full names, phone numbers, city and States to our sub-district agent to properly apply for processing;
We look forward to read from you immediately upon reading this message.
Senior Adviser
Jeff Merkowitz
1 (701)-MERK0WITZ
Community Development
Financial Institution. (CDFI)

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