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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: Refund Payment <>
Date: 31 Mar 2022 01:56:50 -0700
Subject: Your Notification

From Desk Of Antony J. Blinken
USA Secretary of State
Refund Payment Committee
Federal Executive Council Washington DC USA.

Good Day,

This letter is written in order to change your life from today.
Please note that this letter came to you as a result of
information received from our monitoring network regarding so
much payments which you sent through Western Union and Money Gram
to Europe, USA, Asia and Africa and some other part of the World
without receiving any payment to your name, further investigation
reveals that you have lost hope towards receiving your payment
after being deceived so many times.

Following the on going re-branding of USA policies, the United
State Government have directed our committee to compensate/refund
the sum of $14,500,000 to you through payment by ATM CARD being
one of the most convenient means of receiving payment World Wide
or Bank to Bank Transfer. We wish to inform you that the members
of Refund Payment Committee are honorable men of Great Repute and
integrity who have served the US Government in different

we also wish to inform you that the Committee members were
appointed by our respected President Joe Biden to pay 350 million
Dollars to the listed beneficiaries that have lost their money to
the scammer and have not yet receive their total sum.

Contact Mr.Noah Theodore of the Refund Payment Committee, he will
guide you on how your payment will be release to you. Please let
him know that this letter is from Antony J. Blinken Secretary of
State. His Contact Details:

Name: Mr.Noah Theodore

In order for you to receive your payment this week, you are
advice to contact Mr.Noah Theodore on his email and make sure you
ANSWERS to the Questions below.

(1) Your Full Name
(2) Your Direct telephone. Fax Number ( if any)
(3) How Many Months Or Years in which You Have Been Expecting
your Payment
(4) The Place you sent Money Last whether Nigeria or
London,Malaysia,Benin Republic etc
(5) The Last Amount of Money You sent indicating What Month and

From Antony J. Blinken
USA Secretary of State
Refund Payment Committee
Federal Executive Council Washington DC USA.

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