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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: "Customer Client Manager." <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 01:15:39 -0700
Subject: GOOD DAY.

With Due Respect.

It's my pleasure to inform you that your name appeared in the list of
beneficiaries not yet received their approved fund. Due to over delayed and
inability of the ex staff to follow the right step to disburse your
approved fund.

in this regard you are among the 6 beneficiaries approved to receive their
funds as approved by Central Bank of West African States (Banque Centrale
des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest)

Your fund has been approved to be disbursed to you through either ATM Card
or bank wire transfer to enable you access to your overdue payment.

In order to process your funds transfer.

Kindly send them your full information.

1.Your full name:
2.Your home address:
3.Current occupation:
4. Mobile Phone Number:
5.Your current home address:
6. A Copy of your identification

Kindly acknowledge the receipt of this massage.

Customer Client Manager.
Mr.Lawrence Daboe.
Kind Regards

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