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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 Faulkender" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 11:00:45 +0100
Subject: U.S. Department of Treasury

U.S. Department of Treasury
Treasury Building 1500 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW Washington, D.C., U.S
contact the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Attn Dear,

This is to bring to your notice that the US Department of the Treasury
in affiliation with the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") has
been authorized to compensate 1,000 scam victims who have to be a
victim of internet scam. The USA Department of the Treasury has
decided to pay you $5 Million each trough ATM card,in order to restore this global
economy due to this COVID 19 Pandemic virus hardship to the enviable
standard of respectability.

Your particulars were mentioned by one of the syndicates who was
arrested here in the united state by the FBI and the United States
secret service as one of the victims of their operations. You are hereby
warned not to communicate or duplicate this message to him or her for
any reason whatsoever as the US SECRET SERVICE and FBI is already on
trace of the other criminals anywhere in the world, this information
should remain confidential till they are all apprehended, other
victims who have not been contacted can submit their application as
well for scrutiny and possible consideration.

Contact Our payment Officer with bellow information
NAME: Thomas P. Freddo

Contact him for your Compensation and ask him to release your $5
Million online account information such as your Account login in and
Password to you so that courier servicing company will deliver your ATM card of 5 Million
bank account anywhere in the world. COVID 19 and scam victims
compensation fund to your address, he's the director of the Office of Financial
Research (OFR) You are also advised to provide him with the under
listed information for verification:

(1)Full Names (2)Home Address (3)Nationality: (4)Age (5)Sex
(6)Occupation (7)Phone Number.(8) copy of id card or Driver License

Contact this office immediately you send your details to speed your
payment.Or you can send them your Bank account information where the
fund will wire directly or they will open an online account and
transfer the money into the account for you to transfer the fund by
your self

Best Regards,
Michael Faulkender
Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy United States Treasury.

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