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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: "Barr. Nicholas Romain" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 02:47:40 -0800

Good day!

Please reconfirm your full information for the Delivery of your ATM
Card or Bank to Bank wire transfer of your funds Value at
$10,500,000.00 USD {Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars}. And this transfer depends on how you want it neither Bank
transfer or delivery of it from the United Nations and World Bank
Group (WBG) Compensation Fund. I misplaced the delivery address and
your transfer details sent to me during the seminar I told you about.
Please kindly contact Mr. Dominic Fabian with the below EMAIL address
(( and he will give you guidance on how this
wire transfer or the delivery of it will be done okay.

YOUR(1) Full Name:=============
YOUR(2) Address:================
YOUR(3) Occupation:===============
YOUR(4) Age:======================
YOUR(5) Telephone Number:============
YOUR(6) Country:======================

Best Regards,
Barr. Nicholas Romain.

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