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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: Calvin Shivers <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 11:39:46 +0100
Subject: Legally approved compensation


I have been mandated by the United Nation Compensation Commission to
collaborate with the Federal Reserve System for a compensation payment to
selected beneficiaries who struggled but did not receive their funds.
However, the Federal Reserve has discovered and implemented a secured
payment method that has been introduced to a virgin financial institution
(Global Finance Bank) and the bank has been approved for your compensation
payment of $3.5 million through a special payment method.

However, I have taken a thorough step towards registering your name on the
Federal Reserve's payment lists of the UNCC so that you will be one of the
beneficiaries to receive a mandatory compensation payment of $ 3.5 million
from Global Finance Bank.

Contact me for more information.

Yours Faithfully,
Calvin Shivers.
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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