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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: Achieva Help Desk <>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:05:52 +0100
Subject: If You Are Not Dead, Get Back To Me Immediately!!!

>From The Desk Of Achieva Federal
Credit Union Bank,1659 Virginia
St., PO Box 1500 Dunedin, FL 34697,
The United States.
USA International Wire Transfer
Monitoring Unit Department.
Our Website:
Phone: +1 (951) 585-3408

My name is Mr. Eric Sears newly posted to Achieva Federal Credit Union,
here in Florida from the International Monetary Fund, United States. I was
sent here to rectify some mismanagement activities of some of the officials
at the Achieva Federal Credit Union and our Florida office, to ensure and
observe the payment and disbursement of beneficiary funds and all COVID-19
relieve funds.

I observed a floating transfer here in your name worth $10.5million USD but
something doesn't add up in this transaction. I decided to contact you
because I observed that there is a power of attorney in your file
authorizing the transfer of this fund to this Switzerland bank account,
Bank Name: UBS SA Bank.
Account Holder: REMY BOUZARD.
Bank account No.: 7771806022.
Amount: 10,500,000.00 USD only.
Clearing: 0240 Bank S W I F T
Iban: CH26 0024 0240 7771 8060G,

but the signatures in the power of attorney are different from the
signature in your file which is an illegal attempt to divert the fund to a
foreign account.
If you are not dead, get back to me with the following information...
Full name:::
Residential Address:
Active Phone Number:
Any Valid ID Card:
Send the above information at once and let me know if you authorized this
transfer because the supposed impersonator stated here that you are dead
and he is your next of kin. Your details will help us verify with we have
here and know if we have contacted the right person.

I am waiting for your immediate response.
Mr. Eric Sears
+1 (951) 585-3408 (Calls+Text)

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