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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: "Mrs. Carolyn" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 16:45:51 -0800

D.C. 20535-0001

Dear Beneficiary,

Complement of the day to you and your family, I am FBI Agent Alexander Bryant a representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) currently in Africa to fight against internet fraud. I am your representative, due to the high priority tag placed on your payment file, I will assist you,

As soon as i hear from you, i will send my id and i will let you know what to do next to claim your compensation fund, As your name and email address was found in one defrauder's computer (hard drive) with the help of our current security device.

We are very sorry for what you most have gone through in the hands of those wicked people in the past years and that is why the United state Government, the United Nations and ECOWAS community are working tirelessly to bring those people to book and make the world a better place for everybody.

It may interest you to know that your name has been out listed among the beneficiaries to benefit from our newly invented program as an associate of World Fund Discovery Management and Payment Bureau, This is in regard's to the outstanding payment and transaction you have in Africa and yet to receive your fund.

This program was invented to help fight against the abuse of legal human right by those who are privilege to override the trust of the less privileges, for example the victim of
this modern days scam generation.

This body was set up to discover an outstanding unpaid fund being owned to Governments or Individuals all over the world through Contract Payment, Inheritance and Lottery Winning Prize Awards.

This Group is responsible for investigating the legitimacy of unpaid contract, inheritance and lotto winning claims by companies and individuals and directs the paying authorities (banks) worldwide to make immediate payment of verified claims to the beneficiaries without further delay.

You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your fund, After a detailed review of your file, the FBI has being mandated that your fund should be released immediately: you have to reconfirm your full information's to me to enable me confirm your details.

1. Your Names in full
2. Your Occupation
3. Your Residential Address
4. Your Place and date of birth
5. Your Telephone
6. your marital status
7. your country
8. your identity card

Do not worry yourself over spilt milk as those involved in scamming you will be brought to book sooner than you expected as the panel involved are very efficient
and capable to handle such matters.


You are urged to stop all transaction which you have with the Governmental and Non-Governmental parasites, NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late, they have been asked to back off from contacting you anymore. Your funds will be remitted to you through this organisation once and for all.

Do not respond to any emails apart from myself, and forward all further emails you get from those spammers to me also the email address with which you receive the emails, so I can work with the local police, the FBI and Interpol to bring them down. They are impostors, and their fraudulent activities is bringing a bad name to this Nation, denting the image of honest people, that’s why we have to bring them down.

Yours in service,
Agent Alexander Bryant,
( F B I )representative
(Compensation Officer)
Telephone Number ( +1 669-222-3992).

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