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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: "Antony J. Blinken" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2021 14:44:16 +0100
Subject: Dear Email Owner,

U.S Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520.
Contact phone number +1 612 354 8656

Attention My Dear

Your ATM Visa Card Will Be Shipped Through USPS To Your Address I am
Antony J. Blinken,
United States Secretary of State by profession. This is to inform you
officially that after our investigations with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other Security
Agencies in the Country for the Begin 2021, we discovered that you have not
receive your fund. I have made it my first point of call since taking office to
settle all Outstanding Payments accrued to Individuals or Corporations with
respect to local and overseas contract payment, Debt Rescheduling and
Outstanding Compensation payment.

This is to make sure all Outstanding payments are settled Begin of this fiscal
year 2021. On Behalf of the entire staff of the U.S. Department of State and
the United Nations in collaboration with World Bank, we apologize for the delay
of your contract payment, Winning or Inheritance funds from most of African
Countries and all the inconveniences you encountered while pursuing this

However, from the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment with the
U.S Secretary of State, your name was discovered as next on the list of the
outstanding payment who has not yet received their payments. Note that from the
record in my file, your outstanding contract payment is $40, 800,000.00 (Fourth
Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars) loaded in an ATM Visa Card that allows
you to make a daily maximum withdrawal limit of $20,000 TWENTY Thousand

I have your file here in my office and it says that you are yet to receive your
fund valued at $40,800,000.00 (Fourth Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars).
This Funds will now be delivered to your designated address or your preferred
payment option.

We have perfected all modules on how to bring this fund to your house without
any problem, but be aware that United Nations and the United States Government
has only authorized my office to release the Sum of $40,800,000.00 to you as
true beneficiary of the Fund.

Note that your loaded ATM Visa Card will be mailed to you through Priority Mail
Express (USPS) to your designated address immediately you admit full compliance
to this email. with the irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED FEE of $250 USD today

NOTE: Every documentation proof for your fund have been packaged and seal to be
mailed together with your Visa Card to your address. Therefore, the only
obligation required of you by the laws of the Government of United States and
the financial Monetary Policy of the Supreme Court, states that; you as a
beneficiary must officially obtain the irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED from
the Supreme Court of BENIN REPUBLIC, as a means to justify the
legitimacy, transparency and clean bill of funds from country of
Origin so that by the time your funds
gets to you, no authority will question the funds as it has been legally
certified free from all financial Malpractices and facets. The LEGAL STAY OF
PROCEED is valued at a cost of just ($250 USD) The fee payment can be made via
Money Gram- Ria OR iTunes card only, to below stated information.

After you make the payment, then kindly fill the below details or attach to us
the payment slip: Or Text us the payment details to Phone 619 785 3594

Senders name Address:

As soon as the above mentioned details are received, The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED
will be secured on your behalf immediately. I need all the compliance that I
can get from you to ensure we get this project accomplished. Personally, I am
very sorry for the delay you have gone through in the past years. Thanks for
adhering to this instructions which are meant for your sole benefit, once again
accept my congratulations in advance.

Thanks for your cooperation as your quick response to this email notice with
adherence to the above instructions is highly anticipated.

Yours Sincerely,
Antony J. Blinken
U.S Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520.
Contact phone number +1 612 354 8656

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