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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: Homeland Security <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 11:53:09 +0100
Subject: Re: Attention Sole Beneficiary

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington , DC 20520
Greeting from USA Embassy,

I'm Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas the secretary of the U.S Department of Homeland
security in Washington DC. Office Address: 3801 Nebraska Ave Nw, Washington,
DC 20016, United States. We received a report from UNITED NATION that you have
an abandoned fund worth $10 Million USD with them which is labelled to
be a scam
victim compensation fund and this fund has been approved by WORLDBANK
and Jp Morgan Chase Bank was chosen to open a new online bank account
in your name for the release of your scam victim compensation fund
from UNITED NATION to be transfer to their possession for the new
online bank account in your name. Note, that you will be asked for the
account opening fee which will be covered by you as a new Offshore
account owner.

I want you to kindly Reconfirm Your

Full Name:...............
Current Home Address:........
Direct Cell Phone:............

So that preparation can be made for the opening of the new online bank
account to your
name and you can transfer to any bank account of your choice.. Contact Email:

Best Regards.

Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas.
64 New York Ave Nw,
Washington, DC 20016, USA

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