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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: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 10:59:50 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficially !!

Dear Beneficially !!

Your over due compensation fund from United Bank Of Parkersburg,514
Market St, WV 26101, USA .which we agreed to deliver to you in fiscal
cash payment,
the fund is already sealed and package with a security proof box sum
of $2.5 Million, his currently at your nearest Airport in your country
by diplomatic agent, and he is waiting for you to forward your
current information.

Quickly contact him with your full information,

your full name:................, resident address:...............,

mobile phone number:..........,

name of your nearest airport:..........,

For him to locate your home with your package, and to avoid delivery
to wrong person,
contact him on his current phone number:+1 (321) 587-5346,
forward it today for him to locate you immediately and delivering your
package to you .

Make sure you forward your full information to him and his name is Mr.
James Udo, E-mail: ( )

Compliment of the Year ,

Kind regards,
Mrs Jacinta Hilary.

UN Foreign

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