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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: SENATOR David Hull <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 09:44:20 +0100
Subject: Our Ref: FPA /SNT/STB Your ref:

Attn:Sir/ Madam

Our Ref: FPA /SNT/STB Your ref:

We, the entire members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland,has ordered to release all overdue
payment hailing from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and all part of
America and Oceania, to each one of the
legitimate beneficiaries in which you are one of them.

On going through files, we discovered that your file was dumped
untreated for several years form some unscrupulous reasons,so at this
juncture, we apologize for the delay of your payment as this
inconveniences was cause by some fraudulent entities who
conspired with the past official to cause us this stress.

Now we the entire member and staff plead that you put stop to all
communication with any official or office now and focus all attention
to this appointed office for you to receive your payment accordingly
as the government has map out modalities in
which you will receive your claim at ease within 72hours.

Now your new Payment Reference No.-35460021, Allocation No: 674632
Password No : 339331 , Pin Code No: 55674 and your Certificate of
Merit Payment No: 103 , Released Code No: 0763; Immediate Telex
confirmation No: -1114433;Secret Code No:
XXTN013 ,Having received these vital payment number,therefore You are
qualified now to received and confirm Your payment with the Federal
Government immediately within 72hrs as stipulated in our record.

But before we commence on this, you are required to reconfirm to us
your current contact details, such as your full name, your current
location address, your direct telephone number, age and occupation.
This will help us crosscheck with your file
and instruct our authorized paying bank to make an immediate bank
transfer to your direct bank account in your country. With the above
stated information, we shall proceed immediately to ensure that your
long awaiting $22 million dollars is
released to any of your designated bank account in your country
without any further delay.

NOTE: We have mounted our security network to monitor this
transaction,if we still find out that you are still dealing with all
those fraudsters that have been frustrating our efforts and defrauding
beneficiaries, We shall stop and cancel your
payment immediately.

Your urgent response is highly required here.

Best Regards.

Rt Hon David Hull
Foreign payment allocation

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