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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: Vital Information <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 22:08:58 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

*U.S Department of State2201 C Street NW
DC 20520
11th, 12,2021Attention Beneficiary,Your ATM Visa Card Will Be Shipped
Through USPS To Your Address: I am Antony J. Blinken, the United States
Secretary of State by profession,This is to inform you officially that
after our investigations with the (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
and other Security Agencies in the Country for this year 2021 A the year is
coming to an end, we discovered that you have not received your fund, I
have made it my Second point of call since taking office to settle all
Outstanding Payments accrued to Individuals or Corporations with respect to
local and overseas contract payment, Debt Rescheduling and Outstanding
Compensation payments.This is to make sure all Outstanding payments are
settled this year 2021, On Behalf of the entire staff of the U.S.
Department of State and the United Nations in collaboration with World
Bank, we apologized for the delay of your contract payment, Winning or
Inheritance funds from most Countries in the world and all the
inconveniences you encountered while pursuing this payment.However, from
the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment with the U.S
Secretary of State, your name was discovered as next on the list of the
outstanding payment who has not yet received their payments. Note that from
the record in my file, your outstanding contract payment is $30 Million
United State Dollars loaded in an ATM Visa Card that allows you to make a
daily maximum withdrawal limit of $5,000 Five Thousand Dollars ).This Funds
will now be delivered to your designated address or your preferred payment
option , We have perfected all modules on how to bring this fund to your
house without any problem, but be aware that United Nations and the United
States Government has only authorized my office to release the Sum of $30
Million Dollars to you as true beneficiary of the Fund.Note that your
loaded ATM Visa Card will be mailed to you through Priority Mail Express
(USPS) to your designated address immediately you admit full compliance to
this email.Therefore, the only obligation required of you by the laws of
the Government of United States and the financial Monetary Policy of the
Supreme Court, states that; you as a beneficiary must officially obtain the
irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED from the Supreme Court of USA, as a means
to justify the legitimacy, transparency and clean bill of funds from USA,
so that by the time your funds gets to you, no authority will question the
funds as it has been legally certified free from all financial Malpractices
and facets. The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED is valued at a cost of just ($350USD)
The fee payment can be made through our bitcoin deposit address which will
be giving to you if you requested for it or buy Steam wallet card or iTunes
Card worth of $350 USD and send the scan copy of the scratched card And
Note That this is only fee you will ever pay to get your fundAs soon as the
above mentioned are received, The LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED will be secured on
your behalf immediately, I need all the compliance that I can get from you
to ensure we get this project accomplished so that you can use this fund to
celebrate this Christmas and New Year 2022. Personally, I am very sorry for
the delay you have gone through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to
these instructions which are meant for your sole benefit, once again accept
my congratulations in advance.Yours Sincerely,Antony J. BlinkenU.S
Department of State2201 C Street NW
DC 20520

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