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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: Corporate Office <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 15:05:19 -0700
Subject: Attn Dear,


This is to inform you that united Nations in cooperation with UNICEF
has assigned to you $850.000.00 over scam victim and convid 19 relief
to help you sustain the on going situation as you are expected to put
them into your business and company till condition has been brought to
an end.

Kindly contact them through this email address and number
Requirements for this:

1 photo ID
2 email address
3 country
4 occupation
WhatsApp text message only : +14123363584
Youes sincere,
Mr. H.E.Mr. Jean-Claude

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