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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: Richard Douglas <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 09:18:50 +0100

Attention: Sir/Madam,

After our board meeting with United Nations and United State
Government including European Parliament they have already given us
instruction to release your Compensation fund immediately you get back
to me with your full name and address telephone number.

You can also provide any bank account of your choice where you want
your Fund transfer to.

Again your fund will be release to you through Department Of Treasury
Direct-Account Washington DC

You should bear in mind that your Compensation fund is already in
doormat account with Telex and Wire Transfer Department Washington DC
it to be activate fore transfer your fund.

Thanks for your maximum co-operation.

Richard Douglas
Department Of Treasury Direct-Account
United Nations Fund's Remittance

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