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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: Suzette Taylor-Lee Chee <>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2022 08:07:24 -0800

Attention Beneficiary,

We are contacting you to inform you that we have concluded to effect
your Lottery/Compensation Inheritance wining payment via Western Union
Money transfer & we have sent out the first transfer of $5,000 from
your Compensation Inheritance sum of $2.5 Million USD, therefore you
will need to contact the Western Union agent Francis Martin and ask
him for all the transfer information / MTCN# for pick up from any
nearby Western Union to you.

Contact Agent: Francis B. Martin
PH: +229 54062099

Please contact him with your name, address and PH number ASAP & ask
him to furnish you with the payment info for the payment that was sent
this morning.

Note: that our agreement & arrangements is that they will be sending
you $15,000 that's $5000 X3 times daily. So Please remember to
Indicate the fund registration code of WU-TR05508 as the subject when
Emailing or calling him.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Suzette Taylor-Lee Chee

IMF/ UN Permanent Sec.

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