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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, 20 Sep 2021 04:09:45 -0700


To: Beneficiary

We found out that you were scammed of a huge sum of money by scammers
via Western union and MoneyGram. Be informed here
that in a bid to alleviate the suffering of scammed victims, the
United Nations initiated this compensation program and therefore, you
are entitled to the sum of Two Million Six Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars (US$2,600,000.00 USD) for being a victim.

so we will advice that you urgently respond to this message ASAP. And
do not inform any of the people that collected money from you before
now about this new development to avoid jeopardizing
our investigation. All you need to do is to follow our instruction and
receive your compensation accordingly as directed by the United

We urgently wait to receive your response.

Reply to:

Phone Number to call: +2348033826152

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