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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: insurancecoverage <>
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2021 03:10:27 -0700

How are you doing today,

we have received your file. This is UN OFFICE. Please get back to us
and tell us how you want to receive your total fund of $2.5Million
Dollars through bank to bank Transfer or ATM CARD or Western union
transfer. We have authorization from FBI AUTHORITY.

Contact me through this e-mail: ( ) or call
PHONE +234 8060833554 to enable us to release the funds to you as
instructed. Expecting your immediate response.

Mr.Godwin Elumel

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