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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:

Date: Sun, 08 May 2022 12:50:17 -0700
Subject: MESSAGE


My name is Steven Chance Johnson a USA citizen. I am a retired US Navy officer and i have as well worked as a retail Insurance and risk management agent for 30yrs.

I am married with two grown daughters.

I am interested in relocating my funds to a secured location.

Can you handle large amount of funds?

Can you send me your business profile?

The reasons I am transferring my funds from its current location are;

1. I received a letter from my bank, UBS in Switzerland requesting to provide account for the transfer as my account is to be closed on or before end of May, 2022.

2. The bank chooses to close my account in view of the current legal battle with the US.

3. I cannot order this fund directly to my US bank account due to the matter on ground between the UBS AG and the US Government.

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If you are sure you can handle this, let me know as soon as you read this message.

Kind regards,

Steven C.Johnson

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