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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: Department of Financial Services <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 02:48:51 -0400

Department of Financial Services.
Bureau of Unclaimed Property.
200 East Gaines Street.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0358
United States of America.

Good Day,

My Name is Michael Smith and I work for the Department of Financial
Services Bureau of Unclaimed Property REGULATIONS here In Florida. I found
out that you have an unclaimed sum of money that was supposed to be
remitted to you has showed up at my office, maybe due to some unforeseen
circumstance that didn't allow you to finish your transactions home or
abroad, so I took it upon myself to get in touch with you, before it will
be forfeited as you still have the chance to claim yours.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA)
facilitates collaboration among administrators in their efforts to reunite
unclaimed property with the rightful owner. As the foremost authority on
unclaimed property, NAUPA in alliance with the (UN) United Nations will
lead a coalition of administrators to reunite all recovered unclaimed funds
and property with the rightful owners.

Currently, States, Federal agencies and other organizations collectively
hold more than $58 Billion Dollars in unclaimed cash and benefits, which
come from a variety of sources, including abandoned bank accounts and stock
holdings, unclaimed life insurance payouts and forgotten pension benefits,
seizures for third party benefit, legal financial transactions, like lotto
winnings, Inheritance claims that was abandon by individuals over
skepticism etc. It was however ascertained that you were supposed to
receive a sum of $10.5 Million Dollars beneficiary, kindly email this
office for claims:

Please go online to confirm the total fund, Being published by CNN

And get back to me for more information on how to claim your fund before
it’s marked unclaimed.

Please reconfirm your Full Name.... Current Residential Address...
Cellphone Number... A Copy of your Identification, to me for

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, it is because
of the restrictions imposed by your Mail/Internet Service Provider, we urge
you to treat it genuinely.

Reply this email strictly at:


Michael Smith
Director of Unclaimed Property/Fund.

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