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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: Mrs Karen Lewis <>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2021 13:52:06 -0700

Attention Funds Owner,

This is to inform you that after the meeting held in my office yesterday which
consist between the United States Embassy and the United Nations, African
ECO-WAS, we have concluded that you will be compensated with all the money you
have loosed in the hands of Africans and most especially BENIN REPUBLIC
precisely.We have deposited the check of your fund ($8.500`000`00USD)
through Money
Gram department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do
is to contact Money Gram Director Mr.Gerrard Smith

He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the
funds daily.
Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name_______________
Address: ______________
Country: ___________
Phone Number: ___________
Your Occupation________

Though, Mr Frank Joe has sent $5000 in your name today so contact
Smith or you call or whatsapp him +22990926480 as soon as you receive
this email and
tell him to give you the MTCN, sender name and question/answer to pick the
$5000 Please let us know as soon as you received all your fund,

Best Regards,
Mrs Karen Lewis

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