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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: Shawn Anderson <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 06:31:08 -0400
Subject: Highly Confidential

Attention, Sir

Your Attention is urgently needed to an unclaimed funds linked to your
name. kindly send an email with subject (Unclaimed funds)

You are receiving this notification because your name was among the list of
beneficiaries who have not yet received his already approved fund in the
past. In this regard the sum of US$5.5M [FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND US DOLLARS ONLY] has been approved to
be paid to you as a compensation due to your inability to claim your
approved fund in the past.

We have verified and your fund and found it legal to be released , However,
in our meeting, all beneficiaries who are involved will receive their fund

Kindly confirm to us the following details to avoid wrong transfer

( 1 ) Your Name
( 2 ) Your House Address
( 3 ) Your Occupation
( 4 ) Company Name if any
( 5 ) Your Mobile
( 6 ) Your Country.

As soon as i confirm the required information i will proceed with your fund

Shawn Anderson

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