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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: "Mr. Timothy Gribben" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2021 06:55:56 -0700


I am Mr.Timothy (Tim) Gribben, Commissioner of the U.S. Department of
the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service). At the
Bureau of the Fiscal Service, we collect revenue, delinquent debt,unpaid
contract funds and disburse funds to millions of Americans and None
American ensuring their timely receipt of unpaid contract, compensation
funds, benefit, SBA, Loan funds to help fight covid 19.

Please reply
for further details.

Mr. Gribben.

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