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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:

Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 12:30:12 -0700
Subject: Attn Dear Beneficiary; Your Abandoned Package For Delivery

MG Timothy J. Lowenberg,Adjutant General
and Director State Military Department Washington Military Dept.
Bldg1 Camp Murry ,Wash 98430-5000 USA

This is Mrs. HELEN G. RAYMOND Financial Director of us. homeland
security department.
we know that you have not received Your fund from the security department!
we have finally cash your abandoned long-lost check confirming to be your won
compensation funds and we decided to boxed the money for avoiding expiry of the
check because it has stayed long in our custody searching for the
contact to reach you,
after our investigation we discovered that the money is not an illegal payment,
The fund values the sum of $10,500,000.00 united state dollars.
So kindly reconfirm your full details as instructed below!!!

1. Your Full name...............
2. Your Phone number...................
3. Your Current home address............
4. Your Occupation..................
5. Your Nearest Airport................
6. Your Id Copy................

I wait for your urgent and positive respond is highly needed to avoid
much delaying.

You can call Mr. David Green a director of overseas Payment of the
presidency office who is in charge to give instruction approval to
releasing the boxed-money consignment to me for onward delivering it
to You.

You are advice to text Mr. Ken F. Chuna with this numbers because he
is the agent whom can deliver your package to your door step,+1 (315)

Sincerely Yours
Financial Director of us. homeland security department.

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