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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. Marvin Keller" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2021 02:27:56 -0700
Subject: Re: Congratulations, Your Compensation Fund

Wow!!! Congratulations

It is a great pleasure to inform you that United Nation Union is
compensating all the scam victims and your email address was found in
the scam victim's list and due to too much fraud in Africa and other
parts of the world.You Emerge as one of those that will be compensated
for losses as Scam victims,oil spill and damages suffered as a direct
result of Natural Disasters.

The sum of ($3,200,000.00 USD) Three Million Two Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars.For more inquiries on how to Receive your
compensation Fund which also includes people that have had an
unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to
Government problems or policy etc.

Your choice of delivery your fund will be accepted either through
certified check or International ATM card or Cash delivery through
UPS or DHL Courier delivery service without any delay to avoid more
fraudulent activities again so all you needs to do now is to forward
to us the following delivery information such as.

Your Full Name:

Private Telephone Number:

Your Residential Address:

Your Scan ID Card or Driving license

Your receiving Postal address

Your Occupation:

Please contact Mr. Marvin Keller through his Email,address

Mr. Marvin Keller

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