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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: Rifah Love <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 17:11:08 +0100
Subject: Attention Please Dear Beneficiary,

Attention Please Dear Beneficiary,

This is Mr Thomas T.Green
My Office Address is at 1818 H Street, NW Washington,DC 20433 USA.
Your information appeared to the list of individuals to be compensated
because there was a meeting held two days ago at New York and some
Presidents in some countries was invited mostly all the Presidents in
Africa and the meeting was hosted by Joe Biden
the President of the United States Of America and i too was in the
meeting and the purpose of conducting the meeting is to compensate the
people that was scammed earlier years ago till date by some Africa
countries and the compensation is for the scam victim and the amount
to be compensated to each of the list is the sum of $20 Million United
States Dollars and the funds is under me at my office and that is the
reason i'm contacting you personal and the funds will be packaged in
two Consignment Boxes and it will be delivered to your address and you
will have it with you within just few hours after i heard from you and
i have already have your information with me but you have to reconfirm
your information to me once again to ensure that i'm dealing with the
right person to avoid mistake or sending your compensation funds to
wrong person.

Below are what i need from you now and once you reconfirm it to me the
delivery of your Consignment Boxes of your funds of $20 Million
Dollars will immediately take off to your destination home address.

YOUR FULL NAME......................

Thank You once again
Thomas T.Green
Telephone: +1(332) 333-7650

Thank you as i'm waiting to hear from you soonest

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