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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: CITIbank USA <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 05:39:24 -0800
Subject: Dear Customer

Hello my Good friend...

My name is Jane Fraser..
The CEO of CITI BANK located in
New York and everywhere around the world...

With due honour the
presidential system has decided to compensate you due to the crisis we
have all passed through you understand what I mean by that.. the covid
19,fraud involvement and many other crisis me and you has faced The
president actually sent me to deliver 25 debit ATM cards to our
citizens for a start then this will be announced on social media and
all information systems we have okay...

So you need to get yours Each of this cards contain US$15 million
dollars funded in it has a compensation to us.... All you have to do
is to comply with us and get yours as well instructed okay
You will also need to activate your card and also think of a 4digits
pin to access your card.. okay
And it won't cost you much money to activate your card . This will
only cost you an $350 only ...
You can confirm this from our president if you want ... I can give
you his number or email...
You all know his a very busy man in our country
So please do get back to us to receive yours.

Best Regard
Dr. Chris Henry Jr.
Tel :+707 504 9442

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