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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. Antony J. Blinken " <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 03:38:41 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

$4.3Million is your compensation Funds

I Am resending it to inform you again that your E-mail address appeared in
the payment list of
beneficiaries who are yet to receive their compensation payment from last
year to this 2021.

Email Mr. Felix Daniel, to claim your $4.3Million donation,

The Assistant Manager United Bank,

Office Email: (

This message is for the named person's use only. It may contain
confidential, proprietary or legally privileged information. No
confidentiality or

privilege is waived or lost by any mistransmission. If you receive
this message in error, please immediately delete it and all copies
of it from your

system, destroy any hard copies of it and notify the sender. You
must not, directly or indirectly, use, disclose, distribute, print,
or copy any part

of this message if you are not the intended recipient. This
organization and any of its subsidiaries each reserve the right to
monitor all e-mail

communications through its networks.

Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual
sender, except where the message states otherwise and the sender is
authorized to state them to be the views of any such entity.

Yours in Service,

Mr. Antony J. Blinken U.S. Secretary of State.

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