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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.Joy ISA" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2021 05:30:47 -0300

Attn: Beneficiary ,

This is to notify you that the United Nations Secretary General has
deliberated with the world bank for a compensation payment on scammed
victims from America, Europe, Asia and Africa so your e-mail emerged
as one of the lucky beneficiaries. I write to let you know that the
sum of $3,500,000 (Three Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) has been approved in your favor.

Simply contact this bona fide agent on the information below so that
he can send the ATM Card or Bank Transfer to you;
Name: Robert Gibbs
Telephone Number or Whatsapp: +447438473448

Kindly contact him immediately on how to receive your ATM Card or Bank
Transfer without any delay.

Mrs.Joy Godson

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