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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: "Amb Joseph Chiedu Keshi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 03:03:12 -0700

1 Rockefeller Plaza (8th Floor)
New York, NY 10020. United States

You total SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUNDS sum of $25.7Million dollars is now awaiting to be deposited into your new online

banking account that was credited in this bank by World Bank President Mr. David R. Malpass as soon as we got the feed back

from you with your contact details to allow you make transfer to any account in the world from your computer at home office

at any convenient time without going to your bank, You cell phone is needed.

Finally, feel free to decide on what step to follow to get your fund immediately.

Best Regards.
Amb Joseph Chiedu Keshi

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