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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: Christopher A Wray <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 05:49:29 -0800
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters

Address: 935 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20535, USA FEDERAL BUREAU
to inform you that we have been working towards the eradication of
fraudsters and scam Artists in with the help of the Organization of
African Unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and CIA. We
have been able to track down some scam artist in various parts of the
countries which includes (African , Asia,
American and European Countries) and they are all in Government custody
now, they will appear at International Criminal Court (ICC)soon for
Justice. During the course of investigation, they were able to recovered
some funds from these scam artists and IMF organization have ordered the
funds recovered to be shared among the 10 Lucky
people listed around the World as a compensation. This notice is been
directed to you because your email address was found in one of the scam
Artists file and computer hard-disk while the investigation, maybe you
have been scammed.You are therefore being compensated with the sum of
US11, 500,000.00 (US$) (eleven Million five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars).

We have arranged your payment to be paid to you direct to your bank
account in your country or paid intATM VISA CARD and deliver to your
postal address with the Pin Numbers as to enable you withdrawal maximum of
$5,000 on each withdrawal from any Bank ATM Machine of your choice, until
all the funds are
exhausted. The ATM Card with Security Pin Numbers shall be delivered to
you using Express Mail Service.

How ever you will have to fill and
submit the Claims Release Verification
Full name.......................
home address Where You want us to Send Your ATM Card................
Cell phone..............

We advice you to stop all the communications with everyone regarding your
payment as we have short listed to deliver to you and now urge you to
comply and receive your ATM debit card . Thanks for your understanding as
you follow instructions while I wait to hear from you today. You can
contact me through this my alternative email address

Tel. +1 863 864 4209)
Best Regards.
Christopher A Wray
Chat Conversation End

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