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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: Assets Control <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:07:15 -0700
Subject: <<<<SITUATION REPORT>>>>

(World Bank Assisted Programmed) Directorate of International
Payment and Transfers UN Plaza,
DC2-2060, New York, 10017,
Payment 2019.

I am Steven Terner Mnuchin,the new Secretary of the Treasury under the U.S. Department of the Treasury,i was going through some payment files in my office and i found out that you have not received your $2.3 Million Dollars (Two Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars). And your payment files have been laying here for many months and nobody has ever told you the truth why you have not received your fund with united Nation.

I don?t want to go far yet, my question is this; did you send DR. GEORGE JEFFREY to claim your fund? Because he came to my office today with some signed document telling me that you send him to see after your $2.3M (Two Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars), now I want you to get back to me by informing me if really you sent him to me.

Meanwhile if you are still interested in receiving at least part of your over due payment? Just let me know and further details will be communicated to you accordingly.

You are advised to contact Morgan Stanley Investment bank.

The are going to open account for you in their TELEPHONE BANKING(FREE) for you, which you will use to log in into there ONLINE BANK and transfer your fund a bit by bit into your bank account.

So get back to them with your,

1. Your Full Name..............
2. Address............
6.Telephone Number...........
7.Next Of Kin..................
8.Alternate Email Address:

We thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

PLEASE NOTE: that this payment was legally approved on your name by (UNITED NATIONS OFFICE OF INTERNAL OVERSIGHT SERVICES Internal Audit, Monitoring,Consulting And Investigations Division) therefore no body can claim the fund accept you.Text me strictly via (646-491-7079)

Yours faithfully,

Steven Terner Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
(U.S. Department of the Treasury)

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