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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: "COVID-19 RELIEF FUND DONATION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 10:20:59 +0800

From: Relief International Charity Foundation Incorporated.
Office: Post-Pandemic Economic Relief Donation.
Address: United Nation's head Office, New York, NY 10017,
United States


You have been awarded the sum of US$2,000,000 (Two Million US Dollars) as
Covid-19 Economic Devastation Relief Package.

The COVID-19 pandemic marks an unprecedented time in modern history that
will require the best of humanity to overcome. Our Global Donation will
support immediate and long-term relief and recovery to vulnerable
individuals, businesses and communities during one of the most challenging
times we have collectively faced. The crisis has brought so many
businesses, companies and small scale businesses to a devastating halt. It
has threatened everyone's way of life, but it is especially difficult for
people who are already vulnerable. Some people around the globe,
especially migrants, wage workers, and those with flexible jobs and small
scale businesses have already started feeling the devastating economic

We have received Billions of Dollars from Donors to help in this poverty
alleviation program. This money is expected to be shared to all the
Selected Global Citizenry to help them regain the Economic Losses of
Multiple Global Lockdowns since the beginning of this Pandemic. We have
worked and will continue working with our partners on the ground to
allocate funds where they're most needed. We believe that organizations
that are deeply rooted are best positioned to lead long-term plans to stop
the spread of COVID-19 and the devastating economic effect of the Global
Lock-downs,your email attached to approved number ( UN6MM020/COVID-19 ),
which consequently fall on our International Chapter, therefore, you
are advised to contact the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC)
and Recovery Fund Coordinator and Grants Manager (REV. JERRY LAWSON)

Our funds have been delivered down to our distribution points and
currently secured by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) Vault
Operations, Centurion, South Africa, as you can see on the following
Web-video page:

Our Payment Administrator will help processing and releasing to you the
sum of US$2, 000,000 (Two Million United States Dollars) to enable you
boost your business, stabilize your region, help the vulnerable and
less-privileged around you, and help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Kindly contact the payment administrator to his

Tel/Fax: +1 706-914-1471

Ensure to provide him with your following information:

1. Your full names.
2. Your address.
3. Your telephone.
4. Your age.
5. Your occupation.
6. Your bank account information

We thank you, and congratulations from Relief International Post-Pandemic
Economic Relief Fund!

Yours truly,

Dr. Patrick Wiz
(Secretary; Relief International Charity Foundation Incorporated)

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