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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: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 01:21:24 -0700
Subject: Dear Email Owner/Fund Beneficiary,


Hello this is Mr. Larry White United States Special Investigator; I am
contacting you via email today because I feel it is the best means of
communicating you at this moment. I work with the United state Fraud
Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). I specialized in
Investigating people's funds which include Compensation Fund, Donation
Fund, Inheritance Fund or Next of Kin, Consignment Box, Lotto®
Jackpot, Loans, etc and I notice that you have being receiving
numerous mails from people who claims to have funds coming to you if
yes I advise that you stop communicating with any of them on issue of
funds, because those people have being investigated and confirmed to
be a Fraud.

Having introduced myself to you I wish to announce our successful
investigation which took place few days ago, the investigation we
conducted was to have a clear view of the legitimate owner of the said
fund and it was truly confirmed that you have 100% Legitimate unpaid
fund, which has been in the government custody since the time of
Barack Obama the former president of United States and you have every
right to claim this funds as you have been confirmed to be the
rightful Beneficiary of the said amount $6.5 Million USD giving to you
as a compensation fund, this is a compensation to everyone that
receives Donation Fund, Inheritance Fund or Next of Kin, Consignment
Box, Lotto® Jackpot, Loans, etc. Your $6.5 Million USD, has been
approved for payment by International Monetary Fund (IMF) here in
United States. This announcement has to be made open to you because
you may have being swindled by those unscrupulous people which you
might be sending money to, in the name of getting one fund or the
other which is not real and for this reason, I have decided to help
you get your funds directly from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
here in United States because your Legitimate funds remains unpaid.

I want to know if you're interested in receiving your unpaid
legitimate funds, value $6.5 Million USD. However,I will only be of
help if you agreed to follow my instructions. If you're really
interested in receiving your unpaid $6.5 Million USD, I advise that
you get back to me immediately via this email . All I need is your cooperation and

Please you can contact me back on my email

Larry White
United States Special Investigator

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