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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.Charles Hopper" <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 01:47:46 +0100

Hello Dear.!

The U.S Homeland Security Council were hereby to inform you that the
(IMF) is responsible for the whole problems you been having to
different payments in a lump sum of ($10.5 Million USD) which happen
to be tracked and hold under their system, however you're very lucky
being located through their (SDR) on our final meeting to released to
you so kindly contact U.S Diplomat(Hon.Stephen Coal) because he will
be waiting for you to contact him as being instructed too.

Now contact (Hon.Stephen Coal) If you still want to receive this
funds,Henceforth the (IMF) Clearance is coming on the end of this
month where all the abandoned and seized ATM Card will be moved to
government treasury.

Hon.Stephen Coal

Re-confirm Your Address;

1. Full Name………………….
2. Address…………
3. Tel…………..…
4.Nearest Airport……………….

Note the charges was cut down to $60 only due to your inability to
raise the huge tax you're been demanded to pay.

Mr.Charles Hopper,

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