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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: "D/V/C" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 12:11:38 +0000

From: Office of Finance & Operations (OFO)

US Department.

13th St, New York, NY 10011, USA.

United States.

Tel: (478) 304 3331.


Dear Victim,

This may be coming too late to you. Nevertheless, be inform that USA
Government is aware of what happened to you between 2010 to 2020, which you
lost lot of money.

US and EU Government have concluded arrangement to compensate you with the
of $750,000.00 ( seven hundred and fifty thousand united state dollars)

Our government is rebuilding the image of our great Nations, which has been
damage by fraudsters and imposters from Africa and other parts of the
world. In view of this, you are one of the victims who have been selected
for above amount.

Note: to avoid go through corrupt bankers or company officials again,
arrangement have been put in place for easy payment of your compensation

All you need is to prepare yourself to meet with US official for smooth
payment to all beneficiaries.

Full details will be giving to you upon the receipt of your acknowledgement
of this letter and reconfirmation of your full details to us.

For more clarification and directive, kindly call Director Public Admin New
York Office. Email:

Best regards.
Mr Jeffery

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