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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: Robert Cain <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2022 11:22:13 +0100
Subject: Good Day,

From the Desk Of Antony J.Blinken
U.S Secretary of State
1350, Pennsylvania Avenue NW,

Washington,,DC 2004,U.S. A

Good Day,

Please note that this letter came to you as a result of information
received from our monitoring network regarding so much payments which
you sent through Western Union and Money Gram to Europe, USA, Asia and
Africa without receiving any
payment.Further investigation revealed that you have lost hope towards
receiving your payment after being deceived so many times.

Following the on going re-branding of policies, the government has
directed our committee to compensate/refund the sum
of $6,500,000 to you through payment by ATM CARD or Bank to Bank
Transfer. We wish to inform you that the members of the Payment
Refund Committee are honorable men of great repute and integrity who
have served the Government of USA in different capacities.

We also wish to inform you that the Committee members were appointed
by President Joe R.Biden to pay 250 million Dollars
to the listed beneficiaries that have lost their money to scammers.
Contact Michael V. Moon member of the Payment Refund Committee, he
will guide you on how your payment will be released to you. Please let
him know that this letter is from Antony J. Blinken,Secretary of

His Contact Details:
Name: Michael V, Moon

In order for you to receive your payment this week, you are advised to
contact him on his email and make sure you answer to
the questions below.

(1) Your Full Name
(2) Your Direct telephone. Fax Number ( if any)
(3) How Many Months Or Years in which You Have Been Expecting your Payment
(4) The Place you sent Money Last whether Nigeria or
London,Malaysia,Benin Republic etc.
(5) The Last Amount of Money you sent indicating what Month and Year.


Robert Cain

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