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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: "Customer Service" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:31:40 -0700
Subject: Re: Your Banking details

To the family of Acclaimed Deceased

Re: Payment of Outstanding Contract Debt/Expired International Bank Draft/Next of kin/ ATM Card

Total Amount: US$10.3 Million United States Dollars.

I wish to draw your attention to the above contract unclaimed funds, which already has been programmed for immediate transfer through Bank to Bank wire transfer. Your outstanding payment sum of $10.3 Million dollars files has been transferred to Bank of U.S.A for immediate attention. In a nutshell, Mr.Charles Bloom of Union Bank of U.S.A , He will give you a new guidelines for PAYMENT REPRESENTATION regards the proceeding for the claims, therefore contacts him through the below information:

Charles Bloom Private email: /Address :13027 Dorothy Dr. Philadelphia, PA 19116, U.S.A

Meanwhile, a surprising message was addressed to my office by Mr. Walter this morning who confirmed that you are dead, you died last week of COVD-19, He also submitted his account information to the office department request the transfer of the funds to him as your Successor. I do not believe the story because an attempt has been made several to divert the funds since approval for payment into another account but I always decline to append my signature hence this message to you.

However, kindly reconfirm the below information for clarification.

Complete Home/Residential address

1) Full Name------------------
2) Private phone number--------------
3) Age-----------------
4) Country------------------
5) Occupation-------------------

Your international passport/driver's License Photo Copy (Attached )

Yours sincerely

Williams White

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