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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: "Mr Calvin A. Shivers" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 13:03:34 -0700

I am Mr Calvin A. Shivers Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

This email is from Federal Bureau Department of Justice, New York
District, we are writing to official notify / remind you about this
issue, because it has been long and we believe by now you have got
this below message at least
more than 5 times still you have not responded.

Note; The grace given to you as a legal Beneficiary has
expired,therefore you are entitled to contact this apex office of the
FBI which has been taken care of your fund.

Once again, this is a last warning to you because there is no way you
should abandon your consignment BOX at the air-port under the watch of
the FBI because of Custom required fee $150 which you were later allow
to pay half of it as for now, while the remaining half will be paid as
soon as you get your fund. You have three working day to resolve this

Reconfirm the below information:

Full name........................
Mobile number....................

For further enquiry text +1 405 383 3432

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Department Of Justice

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