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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: Wed, 18 May 2022 09:14:14 -0700


We wish to convey to you that the European Union and the
United Nations Human Rights Council in conjunction with The UK's Fraud
Prevention Service, British Bankers’ Association, and The National Fraud
Authority (NFA) on behalf of the British government have approved the sum
35,000,000.00 Million GBP = 57,723,192.06 Million USD for compensation to
scam and fraud victims,Your country Embassy, London UK presented 120 cases
of her citizens that was defraud in the United Kingdom and it was confirmed
the Metropolitan police. However, you have been shortlisted to receive the
sum of $1.2 Million being your compensation fee.
I wish to state here that this office in her magnanimity has
approved the sum of $1.2 Million in your favour for immediate transfer to
your designated account. The approval was based on a careful and
comprehensive investigation report and the clean bill of health issued by
our Financial Advisory Committee, our Audit and Budget Department and the
Financial Surveillance Unit. You are expected to furnish us your banking
details where the funds will be deposited without further delay.
We regret to inform you that we do not have the limitless
prerogative and authority to commit scarce foreign exchange indefinitely to
your transaction alone. As you already know there are 120 or more
beneficiaries awaiting payment.You should realize that we are committed
towards ensuring that all stated transfer preconditions must be strictly
adhered to In accordance with UK international transfer acts and policy
before transfer can be effected. Accept our congratulations,
Contact Name:Michael Garfield.

Yours sincerely

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