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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: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 00:30:30 -0700
Subject: Online Account Be Terminated

In Our office Was A Presence Of One Mr. Shem Pullen of 343 mustang St
prairie Lea Texas 78661.filing application contrary to your pending
fund transfer. The above mentioned person visited this Bank yesterday
with a power of attorney given in his favor by your good self,
granting him the benefit to process and claim your inheritance of
$5,000,000.00( Five Million United States Dollars Only) for personal

We are sorry to have delayed your instruction in giving out this fund
since we must adhere to the mod-us operands of this honorable bank by
making sure this request is verified and confirmed by the beneficiary
and his existing attorney.

Thanks and God Bless,
Mr Godwin Emefiele .
Central Bank Governor

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