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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.Peter Usman" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2021 21:32:48 -0800
Subject: Greetings My Dear Friend,

Attention Fund Owner get back to me

Please Reconfirm Your Full Information for Delivery of Your ATM Card
Value $10,000,000 United State Dollars from United Nations (UN)& World
Health Organization (WHO) for global covid 19 Compensation Fund.
This is to inform you that you have been selected as one of the lucky
winners of this Joint Compensation Fund (JCF)held by (UN)&(WHO).To
claim your fund you are hereby requested to submit the below
requirement in order for us to process your fund.
Please kindly note that this is legitimate and endorsed by (UN) &
(WHO).Contact Mr Janny King of UBA BANK:(

YOUR(1) Full Name:============
YOUR(2) Occupation:===========
YOUR(3) Age:================
YOUR(4) Telephone Number:===========
YOUR(5) Address:==============
YOUR(6) Country;============

Regards Mr Peter Usman

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