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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.Thomas Wilson" <>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 22:11:33 -0800
Subject: Are You There ?

Attn : Dear

I am Mr.Thomas Wilson from United Nation, I was directed by M'D Mr.
António Guterres United Nation in collaboration with World Bank to pay
you the sum of $1,000,000.00 USD to you as a compensation fund due to
many fund transaction you were engaged in the past and spent your hard
earn money, efforts and finally did not receive the fund.

Kindly respond to this message in order to direct you how you receive
the fund by Bank Wire Transfer to any of your nominated bank account
within 5 days without any further delay.I look forward to receive your
urgent response with your below info

Name ....
Full Address ...
Country ....
Telephone Number ...........

Once again,your urgent reply is needed immediately for the release of
your Fund to you and make sure you attend to your email fast

Mr.Thomas Wilson

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