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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: "Rev. Solomon Okaifor" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 13:33:29 -0800
Subject: contact me for more details

Dear Sir/Madam,

We write to officially congratulate you that your name was listed
among the scam victims to be compensated by the office of the United
nations organization, under the supervision of my office, five
thousand eight hundred and twenty internet fraud stars was arrested by
the internet police from Europe United Kingdom and Africa, and
majority of them are from west African, Their property and funds
valued one billion ninety seven million us dollars, was confiscated
for the purpose to compensate their victims, and your name and
information was find in one of the internet fraud stars. who gave a
confessional statement that you are one of his victims, the office of
UNO has approved five million dollars paid to each of their victims
on our list, from the United nations escrow account with the central
bank of Nigeria as directed from the UNO head quarter (Switzerland)and
no deductions can be made from your payment, and you will not be
required to pay any charges or fees to the bank to facilitate your
fund transfer. as the office of the UNO has paid for clearance
certificate for all scam victims to be compensated from our office,
be advice to furnish us with your information as stated bellow to
process your payment.

1) Your full name and address

2)Your age and marital status

3) Your occupation

4) Your direct telephone and fax number.

5) Any form of your Identification either your driver's license or
international passport.

As soon as we received the above information from you, we will
immediately commence action in the processing of your funds transfer
to your nominated bank account you shall provide us.

Rev. Solomon Okaifor.

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