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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. Tim Gribben" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 16:33:40 -0700


I am Mr.Timothy (Tim) Gribben, Commissioner of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service). At the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, we collect revenue, delinquent debt,unpaid contract funds and disburse funds to millions of Americans and None American ensuring their timely receipt of unpaid contract,compensation funds, benefit, SBA, Loan funds.

A directive has been issued to us to settle all outstanding payments accrued to individuals with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt rescheduling and outstanding compensation payment. We have been notified that you are yet to receive your fund. Fortunately, you have been selected alongside a few other beneficiaries to receive your own payment of $950,000.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars Only)You will be given the honor to transfer this funds
yourself to your designated account details anywhere in the world.

You are advised to kindly reply to this email with the requested details enclosed to help us process your payment:

Full Name:
Working Telephone Number :
Complete home and office address:

Mr.Timothy (Tim) Gribben
Commissioner of the U.S.
Department of the Treasury’s Bureau
of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service).

Note: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, it
is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet
Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely. The
information contained in this e-mail is private & confidential
and may also be legally privileged. If you are not the intended
recipient, please notify us, preferably by e-mail, you will get
an official reply from my official U.s Treasury email.

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