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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:

Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:33:25 -0700
Subject: RE:

Monetary And Anti-Terrorist Crime Division
FBI HEAD-QUARTERS: J. Edgar Hoover Building 935
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20535-0001
United States Of America.
Greetings to you from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Monetary C=
rime Investigation Department. We are delighted to notify you that we have =
noticed through our Intelligence Monetary Monitoring Network (IMMN) that yo=
ur APPROVED compensation funds have not reach you, due to bad and corrupt o=
fficers. So far, we have been able to arrest the officers involved and they=
are now under investigation. It may interest you to know that this Compens=
ation Funds has been awarded to you and few selected Individuals from diffe=
rent part of the world, by the United Nations Financial Economic and Social=
Council. You are been compensated because your email address was on the li=
st of scammed victims which we discovered from our recent arrest of some sc=
ammers, integrated with the fact that you have an adequate citizenship reco=
rd with your government.
This mail is to enlighten and update you about the approval for the comple=
te release and payment of your Compensation Fund to you by the FBI reliable=
genuine source. I am Executive Assistant Director AMY HESS, a vastly and h=
ighly placed FBI Officer. At our recent meeting held with the United Nation=
s Financial Economic and Social Council, I was assigned to take responsibil=
ity of (20) lucky beneficiaries compensation Fund Remittance/Payment to the=
m without stress or delay. So it is a pleasure to let you know that you are=
lucky to be among the list of individuals whose Compensation funds have be=
en approved for payment under the stipulated guidelines of the United Natio=
ns Financial Economic and Social Council. We believe this Funds will be of =
a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties of life.
We are also delighted to apprise you that the total sum of US$2,500,000.00=
(Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) have been approve=
d for payment to you. This amount has been verified and processed by the Fu=
nds Remittance Unit (F.R.U) in your name and its now ready to be released/p=
aid to you. BUT FOR YOUR NOTICE: Each beneficiary funds has been deposited =
into different fix account with the Bank Of America (BOA). In respect to th=
is progress (i) an ATM DEBIT MASTER CARD has been issued in your favor and =
it is capable of withdrawing out the maximum sum of US$10,000 on a daily ba=
sis from your $2,500,000.00 US Dollar. Notwithstanding,(ii) the money can a=
lso be TRANSFERRED into your distinctive bank account or (iii) via CERTIFIE=
D BANK DRAFT,(iv) the compensation payment can also be delivered to you in =
a LOCKED SECURITY SUITCASE CONSIGNMENT BOX. This are the four available met=
hod whereby we can easily remit your Compensation Payment of (US$2.5M) to y=
ou anywhere in the world.
Endeavor to read carefully and understand, so that we can arrange and subm=
it your final paper works, in order to facilitate the immediate release/pay=
ment to you. Beware that the Insurance, Anti-Money Laundering fee and other=
governmental tax on your funds has been taken care off by the United Natio=
n Financial Economy and Social Council. So all we need now is your personal=
information and details to proceed with the payout of your compensation fu=
nds to you, and also to complete the registration of your REMITTANCE CHOICE.
You are to pay the sum of $680 US Dollar required to complete the document=
ation process, for the release of your COMPENSATION FUND.
Kindly provide the requested details below.
* Full Name:
* Address: =

* Home/Mobile Phone: =

* Occupation: =

* Age:
The above details is required to ensure the complete documentation of your=
file. So if you are seriously interested to claim and collect your legitim=
ate compensation funds, which is almost overdue, then contact your active F=
BI correspondent & directing Special Agent Officer with his official confid=
ential contact details below. You are advised to adhere and comply with the=
simple directives from his office on how your Compensation Funds of US$2.5=
M can be delivered or transferred to you in peace, without stress or any go=
vernmental obstructions.
Stephen Laycock.
Special Agent in charge (SAC)
Congratulations towards your effort in making this transaction a success. =
If you have received this official e-mail letter in your SPAM/BULK folder, =
that is because of the email maintenance restrictions implemented by the In=
ternet Service Provider (ISP). The (FBI) urge you to treat this genuinely a=
nd you are to keep this transaction strictly confidential, untill you are i=
n full possession of your compensation fund. This is to ensure your saftey,=
and to avoid disqualification or termination of your claim process.
NOTE: All funds have been moved to the FBI over here in Washington D.C and=
that is why we are contacting you directly from here. So if you have been =
contacting anyone or office about your fund and it is not coming through, t=
hen you must put a FULL STOP to such communication/transaction. But if you =
are not contacting anyone then quickly claim your compensation funds today.
It was also agreed at the meeting that after releasing out this informatio=
n to all lucky beneficiaries, whosoever compensation funds that will be fou=
nd in the Compensation Award Financial Database waiting without claims afte=
r the submission of every payment awareness e-mailed letter, such funds sha=
ll be confiscated and forfeited back to the United Nations account within (=
120) working hours. This office and your correspondent special agent will b=
e looking forward to hear from you. As soon as you receive this message, ki=
ndly write back with the required details and your preferred option of paym=
ent. Upon receipt of your details and payment option, you will be provided =
with payment details in order to remit the $680 US Dollar required for the =
complete documentation of claim process.
Yours Reliable & Trustworthy.
Executive Assistant Director: AMY HESS
Of The:
Cyber Crime & Anti-Terrorist Crime Division____(FBI)
FBI HEAD-QUARTERS: J. Edgar Hoover Building 935
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C 20535-0001
United States Of America.

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