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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: "Mr.allan fratt" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 14:07:01 -0800

Department of Financial Services.
Bureau of Unclaimed Property.
200 East Gaines Street.
Tallahassee, Florida
United States of America.

Good Day,

My Name is Graham West and I work for the Department of Financial Services. Bureau of Unclaimed Property. I found that You have an unclaimed sum of money that was

suppose to be remitted to you has just showed up at my office, maybe due to some unforeseen circumstance that allow you to finish your transactions home or abroad, so

I took it upon myself to get in touch with you, before it will be forfeited as you still have the chance to claim yours.

Currently, states, federal agencies and other organizations collectively hold more than $58 billion in unclaimed cash and benefits, which come from a variety of

sources, including abandoned bank accounts and stock holdings, unclaimed life insurance payouts and forgotten pension benefits seizures of third party benefit, legal

financial transactions, like lotto winnings, Inheritance claims that was abandon by individuals over skepticism etc. It was however ascertain that you were supposed to

receive a sum of $6.5 million dollars beneficiary, kindly email this office for claims:

For more info please read:
pls reconfirm your name.... address... cell,, to me to enable me ascertain it you,

And get back to me for more information on how to claim your funds before its marked unclaimed.

Allan Fratt

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