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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: "PAYMENT NOTIFICATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2021 06:51:25 +0100
Subject: US$20.5M TRANSFER??

                              DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
                  1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20220
Attention: Sir/Madam,
After our board meeting with United Nations and United State Government including European Parliament and Asia Government, President Joe Biden has given Department Of The Treasury automating to release all outstanding payment and Compensation fund to the beneficiary who lost there fund or scam victims.
This is instruction given Department Of The Treasury from office of the Presidency.
Kindly reconfirm below
1) Your full name.
2) Contact Address
3) Phone, fax and mobile #.
4) Age.
5) Occupation.
6) Your bank details
Meanwhile all legal documents from Department Of Treasury Direct-Account Washington DC will be release to you before your fund will be transfer into your bank account.
Thanks for your maximum co-operation.
Richard Douglas
Department Of The Treasury Direct-Account
Director of Accountant and United Nation

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