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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: "White House Agent Washington DC." <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 16 May 2021 22:40:59 +0900

I'm Mr.paul Edwards White House Agent Washington DC.
Address:1500 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20220, USA.
To Everett with fear of God ...
I wish to inform you that you are among the twelve lucky people that there email address and phone number was found in the scam victims list. United States government and United Nation Union ,this are three numbers of scammers which are involve in scamming you Mark Douglas, is also suspecting,TRC,and also the Lawyer, United States government compensating each of you with a Check worth sum of 2.5 million USD.(two millions five hundred dollars) So all you have to do is to reconfirm to me your full information on where to deliver the Check to you.

information such as

Your Full Name::::::::::::::::::::
Your Address::::::::::::::::::::::
Your PO Box Your Number::::::::::::::::
Your Direct Telephone number::::::
Your Occupation:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Your Copy of valid ID card:::::::::::::

Mr.Paul Edwards
White House Agent

This year and more years to come the federal government don't want you to cry any more because they are always for you.
All those scammers we mentioned they will all get arrested because they FBI is taking care now.
So if you know more about any of them you can help send their information
Thank you.

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