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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: "Scott" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 00:09:32 +0100
Subject: HELLO,,,,22/4/2021.

Attention :Sir/Madam
After our board meeting with United Nations and United States government /European Parliament they instructed us to release your Compensation Funds through ATM Master Card or Bank to Bank Wire Transfer immediately you provide your full information listed below
1)Your Full Name
2)your Mobile Number and Fax
3)Your Home Address
4)Your age and Occupation
I wait for your urgent response for the claim of your funds.All legal document would  be released to you before your US$50M is transferred into your bank account .thanks for your maximum cooperation
Mr Mark Scott
Department of treasury
Direct-Account United Nations Funds Remittance

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