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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. Timothy H. Wennes" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Timothy H. Wennes" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 11:05:33 -0700
Subject: Your Scam Victims Compensation Funds!!

Santander Bank NA,United States
ADDRESS: 824 North Market Street Wilmington,
DE 19801 United States
Date: 10/12/2021
WhatsApp Number +1 908 573 2624

Dear customer,

We have received your scam victims Compensation funds worth US$350,000.00 United State dollars from the United Nation & IMF Office, they gave us instructions to remit the scam victims Compensation funds into your designated bank account without any hitches.

Therefore, we would like you to reconfirm your full details for immediate release of your scam victims compensation funds into your designated bank account.

We wait for your asap reply.

Contact email address.. 

WhatsApp Number +1 908 573 2624

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Timothy H. Wennes
Chief Executive Officer
of Santander Bank, N.A USA

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