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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: "White House Chief Of Staff" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:04:45 +0100
Subject: We expect your urgent response.

Dear beneficiary,

I'm Mark Meadows, I'm writing today to talk about the release of your unclaimed fund. With much of the economy on lock down, The United States government announces emergency COVID-19 tax relief. And the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has decided to settle all outstanding debts and also release all pending funds by waiving the huge taxes attached to it. After due verification and evaluation of your files, it was discovered that you are eligible to receive the total sum of US$7,500,000.00. This amount stands as a Scam victim compensation remedy from Africa that was designed to be paid to you.

To receive your payment, a prepaid debit card is going to be sent to your address. The total sum of US$7.500.000.00 will be loaded in the card. The card can be used to make purchases online just like a normal debit card. The prepaid debit card can be accessible at any ATM & Inter-Switch cash machine anywhere in the world. With this prepaid debit card, a maximum withdrawal value of US$5000.00 is permitted on withdrawal per day with a minimum of US$100 per withdrawal.

If you are ready to receive your payment through the discussed method, Please indicate your interest for us to proceed with our arrangements. The processing and shipment of the card is not going to cost you above US$250 (Two hundred & fifty United States dollars). I assure smooth release of your total US$7,500,000.00 (Seven Million, five hundred thousand United States Dollar) to you through this method.

We expect your urgent response to this email to enable us to monitor this payment effectively.

for more information call or text +1 (202)-618-7480

Mark Meadows
White House Chief Of Staff

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