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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.Michael Green" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2021 23:47:12 +0100
Subject: Compliments of the season to you and every members of your family.

ATTENTION: BENEFICIARY This is to inform you that we have finally received=
your unpaid delayed contract payment which was transferred from the United=
Nations (UN). Also note that from the record in my file, the total amount =
confirmed is $6,750,000 (US dollars). How ever, we have received a notice o=
f Change of Account from your representative Mr. Julius Fletcher yesterday.=
In respect to the account received from him, we wish to confirm with you b=
efore we proceed with the transfer of your contract fund to the new account=
he provided. Kindly confirm the below new bank account as valid and endors=
ed by you for the transfer of your unpaid contract fund. Bank; Bank of Amer=
ica Address; 690 Adams Street Quincy Ma 02169 USA A/C Number: 4666 0133 522=
2 Routing Number: 011000138 A\C Name: Julius Fletcher The transfer will tak=
e place immediately you confirm the authenticity of the new bank account in=
formation provided by Mr. Julius Fletcher. I demand an urgent response from=
you to enable us to proceed with the transfer. Yours Truly, Account office=
r in charge of foreign remittance, Michael Green compliments.season79@gmail=
.com) FOR : Mr. Jerome H. Powell Chairman Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) http:/=

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