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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: Atten <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:52:42 -0800
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

8409 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33694, United States, 24 hours banking service

This is to report to you that our western union bureau have received a
correspondence from the federal high court as cancellation notice for
your funds transfer to be deleted from foreign payment file,The
western union management desires to inform you that your funds
transfer with us has been programmed among the Two (2) transactions
that would face cancellation soon.

The management of this western union held an urgent meeting in my
office today, regards to the transferring of your funds by western
union and they have asked my office to submit all the paper works and
files containing your funds confidentiality but i refused and asked
the board members to give me from now till 3days time so that i will
consult you personally for you to declare your interest on the funds

Finally, if you still have the interest of being paid your funds by
western union money transfer; you should kindly forward your full
information such as below immediately for immediate transfer.

Your Receiver’s Name
Your Country
Your Address
Your Occupation
Marital Status
Your Age
Your Cell Phone

Best Regards,
Mr.Paul Greenwood

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