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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: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 11:05:30 +0100
Subject: Attention my dear,


we have received your file and This is UN OFFICE. Please get back to
us to us how you want to receive your total fund of $1.9Million
Dollars through bank to bank Transfer, ATM CARD or consignment box. We
have authorization from FBI AUTHORITY.

Contact through this e-mail:( with ur
full name.....
number .......
nearest airport....
to enable us to release the funds to you as
instructed. Expecting your immediate response
Mike Parra
Chief Executive Officer of DHL Officer of DHL

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