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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: Albert Rivera <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 16:48:09 +0100
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary,

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network warned all Citizens and
scammed victims in the US. Europe and Asia and every part of the World
to to verify with the appropriate Authorities to verify if their name
are on the list of the scammed victims compensation of 2015- 2019
list. that should be the first thing to do, and not respond with your
personal details to several fraudulent emails on daily basis, you
don't need anyone to really tell you these emails are fake and coming
from from impostors who impersonates The FBI, CIA. Homeland, Banks,
delivery Agents and Courier Companies. If you lost money to these
criminal elements, try and find out from the relevant and right
persons in charge of your unclaimed payment files. Since the year
2016 till date hundreds of scammed victims have been receiving
compensation funds while a lot of other have been loosing more money
to scammers. the difference is dealing with the right persons which
guarantees you nothing but the truth. If you continue to listen and
attend all the emails you receive on daily basis offering you millions
here and there you will continue to that for a very long time and
continue to loose your money. the truth remains that you have a
legitimately approved compensation funds.

The bureau of the US Dept of the Treasury that collects and analyzes
information about financial transactions in order to combat domestic
and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other
financial crimes says It takes record and monitor information for
possible financial crimes because that is the only way they combat
domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and
other financial crimes. So for every penny you sent to international
fraudsters and scammer it takes all the records and the money sent to
these criminal elements is being used to financing crime activities
such as human trafficking, terrorism financing, drug peddling, Money
Laundering and other serious financial crimes.

After their investigation to check for possible unclaimed funds/
asset/ consignments they discovered an abandoned payment files which
says you have a legitimately approved compensation funds that was
flagged by the US Authorities few years ago due to International
Clearance issues since
Authorities says transfer/Delivery of such amount violates a certain
Article 102 Section 36 of the United Nations Security Council
Resolution of the "CLEAN BILL"

The Financial Intelligence Dept information on U.S. Anti-Money
Laundering, Uncleared funds/ consignments since 2019 has approved for
the final clearance of your unclaimed compensation funds held for long
due to clearance issues. I’m contacting you because in the face of the
corruption and illegal cyber crime activity literally overruns America
and other parts of the World Such evil finally blocks all efforts to
create a trustworthy climate for internet Transactions. Citizens are
threatened, lied unto and ripped off their very last little money.

Also some back up documents currently on my desk to be signed and
send back to the originated country as unclaimed fund, As result of
the information I got, I told them to wait until I hear from you today
so that I will know your reason for rejecting such an amount of money
which is happened to be the only legitimately approved compensation
fund in your name till date.

I need your urgent response as soon as you receive my email , Off
course If you are not interested in receiving the funds, I can push
for forfeiture order to allow other beneficiaries awarded the funds as
compensation so Government can not move the funds to Treasury.


Albert Rivera

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