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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: "NPF" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 15:35:31 -0800
Subject: ATTN:

Attention Sir,
This is to bring to your notice about the due process of your Outstanding Contractual/Inheritance payment which was suspended by the The Internal Revenue Service ( IRS )and(FATFB)The action task force for Bureau, thereby stopping the telex unit to pause the transfer of your contract/inheritance fund to your nominated bank account.
During the auditing and closing of all financial records of this Finance Institution, it was discovered from the records of Outstanding foreign contractors due for payment, with the Credit Department between the year 2005/2020 that your name and company is next on the List of those who will receive their fund.
Meanwhile, a man came to my office a few days ago with a letter, claiming To be your true representative. His information stated below for you to confirm to this office if this man is truly from you or not, so that the Credit Department will not be held responsible for paying into the wrong account.
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 6503809428.
Please, do reconfirm this office, as a matter of urgency if this man Is from you.
This fund is as a result of inheritance on your Behalf.You will have to open an online account with us, whereby you will make the transfer to your designated account by yourself.
However, we shall proceed to issue all payment details to Mr.White, if we do not hear from you within the next seven working Days from today.
Please all correspondence on this should please be directed to:
Mr Felipe Martěnez
International Remittance/Foreign Operations
Nation Politan Finance Plc

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