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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: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 05:42:25 +0100
Subject: You are among scam victims to be compensated

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are hereby to confirmed whether it is true that you are terminal
sick and you empower two gentlemen to came to our office to stand and
claim your contract/inheritance funds due to your health condition, as
they stand as Next-Of-Kin to you.

Further more they provide bank account where this fund will be
transfer. As matter of urgency, we told them to call back in three
days time (3) and we decided to contact you first to confirmed the
genuine of their submission of the letter through you. However, the
directive we received is that we pay your compensation of US$2.5
Million Dollars through ATM/DEBIT MASTER CARD or option through your
bank account.

Note if you do not authorize them, kindly contact us immediately
within 7 working days before this transfer will be made to the account
they provide on your behalf. Again help us re-confirm the following
data below.

(1) Your Full Name

(2) Your Home or Office Address

(3) Your Cell telephone Numbers

(4) Your Identification

(5) Your Occupation/Age

(6) Your Bank account details

The moment this information across to us, we have to act accordingly
without delay.

Mr.Igwe James
Director of foreign operation (CBN)

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