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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: Frank Williams <>
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2021 09:01:47 +0100
Subject: Urgent Attention: - Sir/Madam

***PAYMENT APPROVAL VALUED US$5,100,000.00 ***

You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited
fund. After a detailed review of your file, the United Nations Monetary
Unit has been authorized to release your fund immediately. The sum of
US$5,100,000.00; has been approved in your favor via my desk. This payment
will be release to you through Online Banking Login transfer under a
special arrangement.

Be informed that we are working in collaborations with the United Nations
secretary General Mr. Antуnio Guterres, who authorize the immediate payment
of your long awaited fund without any further delay. Note that the above
fund has been cleared from terrorist or fraud related activities and we
guarantee delivery of these funds as good, clean, cleared fund of
non-criminal origin.

Upon receiving your details below, the online access to enable you hold
access of your fund shall be forwarded to you.


1. Full Name

2. Contact Address

3. Direct Telephone Number

4. Company

5. Position

6. Date of Birth

7. Marital Status

8. Next of Kin

9. Relationship

10. A copy of any Government Issued ID, (eg) International Passport,or
Driver's License.

Best regards

Name: Frank Williams

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