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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: "Director of Payment" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:46:16 -0700

Hello Dear Beneficiary,
I have tried severally to reach out to you but to no avail. My name is Mr. Gabriel W. Dudley and I have just been
redeployed from Reserve Bank to Royal Bank of America Head office in United States but was surprised to discover an unpaid large sum still pending in your name.
I was wondering why you havenít claimed this fund till date after pending for several years of release approval.
I enjoy working in dynamic team oriented environments that challenge the status quo. I intently utilize my time and efforts in realizing organizational vision, growth and leadership development.
I adapt to new and changing surroundings without discord and enable others to work with me while maintaining clear lines of communication and collaborative input on the process to achieve a positive result. I maintain a strong work ethic and excellent organizational abilities when managing transactions and other financial projects.
I am skilled in combining analytical and technical skills to develop practical solutions to beneficiaries unpaid approved fund payments. Thus, I need your urgent attention to promptly commence your fund release process without any further delay, because in my new appointment I donít want to see any beneficiaryís approved fund pending in my office, as the authority might be classifying such fund unclaimed and subsequently declare same as bank profit.
Await your prompt response
Mr. Gabriel W. Dudley
Director of Foreign Transactions
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