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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: "David Jackson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:19:39 -0700
Subject: (US$2,600,000.00 USD) for being a victim.

My Phone number +2348033826152
To: Beneficiary

This is FBI special agents, David Jackson. I was delegated along side others by the United Nations to come over to Africa to investigate
fraudsters who had been in the business of swindling foreigners especially those that has one form of transaction/contracts and
another. Please be informed that in the course of our investigation, we detected that your name and details in our Scammed Monitoring
Network. We also found out that you were scammed of a huge sum of money by scammers via Western union and MoneyGram. Be informed here
that in a bid to alleviate the suffering of scammed victims, the United Nations initiated this compensation program and therefore, you
are entitled to the sum of Two Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$2,600,000.00 USD) for being a victim.

Note that the said fund will be transfer to you via the Citibank being the paying bank mandated by the United Nations officials.

However, we have to inform you that we have been able to arrest some of the swindlers who has been in this illicit business and will all be
prosecuted accordingly. Be informed as well that we have limited time to stay back here, so we will advice that you urgently respond to this
message ASAP. And do not inform any of the people that collected money from you before now about this new development to avoid jeopardizing
our investigation. All you need to do is to follow our instruction and receive your compensation accordingly as directed by the United

We urgently wait to receive your response.

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