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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: Thu, 9 Dec 2021 15:29:49 +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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