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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: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:53:34 +0100
Subject: RE: Hello Dear Sir / Madam....


An email was sent to you before in respect to your
outstanding-compensation-payment. We were going through
your-payment-portfolio file and discover that you are yet to claim
your compensation-payment total fund.

We are oblige to inform you that your email was listed among those
that are yet to receive their-compensation-payment fund.and The United
Nations in Affiliation with World-Bank have agreed to compensate you
and others with the total sum of One Million Nine hundred thousand
United State dollars ( $1.900,000.00usd ) a compensation to scam
victims and foreigners who could not claim their fund abroad due to
government difficult policies authorlities..

You are to receive your-total compensation fund payment through a
verified and valid ATM-VISA MASTER-CARD-PAYMENT. AND Note,with this
ATM MASTER-Card you can withdraw your TOTAL FUND payment from any ATM
MACHINE in the World without any interference from your government
asking for extra fee by the total sum of $10.000usd per day with the
required contact information where you want them to deliver your total
fund valid atm visa master card thus:

1.Your full name:

2.Direct telephone number:

3.Your current home / office address:

4.Your current age:

Contact: Mr. Malik Iyatah.
Email: ( ) ... / ( ) ..
D/Line: +229 99 54-51-38.

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