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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: Global Financial Security Monitoring Unit <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:19:07 +0100
Subject: Scam Victim Compensation Approved Sum

* Global Financial Security Monitoring Unit 24/25, the
Shard, 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, UK Phone:
+44-7872-201034, Fax: +442080689776 *

* E-mail:*

*Sir /Madam
Scam Victim Compensation Approved Sum Of $USD 4.9 million
dollars.Investment Compensation Sum of USD$4.9 million dollars have been
approved through the World Bank Mass Assisted Project Deposit Fund. This
compensation payment was initiated to assist those who has failed prey to
fraudulent business / communications in different categories , Inheritance,
Contracts, Lottery, Romance Scam, Diplomatic Payment, Fraudulent Loan
Transactions, Unsuccessful Investment transactions , Those who has also
failed victim of BEC Scams also know as email compromise, Mass assisted
fund was approved to settle failed businesses, you are qualified to receive
this approved investment funds as long as you have receive fraudulent
proposal before, many people have suffered untold lost/ hardship in the
hands of those unscrupulous elements and evil-minded people operating all
kinds of fraud just to make a dirty living and misery out of innocent
souls. You are entitled to receive this investment compensation fund as
long as you have received a scam /fraudulent message through whichever way.
NB: Special compensation for victims of COVID -19 through a world mass
assisted project, we are going to guide you with covid 19 compensation
process once you respond to this message. stay safe and observe the world
health safety guide.In furtherance, Please indicate if you have received
any compensation before, the approved amount was (U.S.D $4.9M) from the New
World Bank mass assisted project investment funds. Your email address was
enlisted on the investment compensation global manifest booklet submitted
by World Bank Project auditors through both google and other site light
data confirmation intelligence methods.NB: disregard whatever transaction
you are doing with those scammers, better send us details of your
transaction for a security check of authenticity through a security global
verification data system, is better to confirm the authenticity than to
waste money which you shall regret in the end.*

*Stay safe and keep a clean environment.Your response is highly
imminent.Micheal BricksConsultant agent (FIMS)*

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