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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: "Mr. Mark Anderson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:12:59 -0700
Subject: Dear Sir/Ma

From Mr Mark Anderson
3 Whitehall Court London SW1A 2EL

Dear Sir/Ma

Dear, I saw your name (in the Central Computer among the list of unpaid contractors, inheritance, next of kin and lotto beneficiaries that was originated from Africa, Europe, America, Asia Plus Middle east,) among the list of individuals and companies that your unpaid fund has been approved through our affiliated bank.

Your name appeared among the beneficiaries who will receive a part-payment of US$15.5Million and has been approved already for months. You are required to forward the following details of yours;

1). Your full names, address, occupation, age and phone numbers/Mobile
2). Your Banking information for verification and re-confirmation.

You are requested to get back to me for more direction and instruction on how to receive your fund.

Once again, we apologize to you on behalf Of UN (UNITED NATIONS) failure to pay your funds on time, which according to records on the system has been long overdue.

Please reply through my private email for me to give you the information of our affiliated bank which is the paying bank to enable you contact them for immediate release of your fund to your bank account.

Please kindly reply back only on this Email: ( )

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Mark Anderson
Legal Affairs Director.

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