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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: =?UTF-8?Q?J=C3=BCrgen_Helmut?= <>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2021 02:24:32 -0700


Your Compensation Funds which is currently estimated at $1,700,000.00
(One Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) has been
approved by the World Bank Group. After the last survey/draw, your
e-mail was randomly Selected among others to receive this Funds.

You are advice to select from the options below the means by which you
will like to receive your Fund:

Ø Certified Bank Draft
Ø ATM Master Card

Feel free to contact the Director of Prudential Regulation and
Supervisory on email for further explanation;

Name: Mr. James Alban
Director of Prudential
Regulation and Supervisory

You have been correctly informed

Yours truly,

Jürgen Helmut
Advocacy and Communications
Director Public Affairs Council

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