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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: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 05:50:03 -0700
Subject: MTCN SUM OF US$7000.00

Good Day Dear Customer.

Sequel to the urgent confidential high profile Executive Boards
Special Joint Caucus Meeting held with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), and The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is
compensating all the Covid-19 victims and some email,
whatsapp,Facebook and Instagram users that their funds was hijacked by
the Corrupt Government and Bank officials which your name and email
was found on the list.

Right now the entire executive board also agreed with good faith and
humility to start wiring your entire funds through using WESTERN UNION
MONEY TRANSFER by sending each day over limit upgraded US$7,000.00
every day as limit,Please you instructed to pick up our first
installment part payment funds of USD$14,000.00 today.until your
outstanding payment funds of $7,500,000.00 USD US Dollar finally
remitted to you accordingly as sole beneficiary of said fund in

Please find below transfer record printout desk as first start
installment payment has been wired already MTCN No#: stated below:
MTCN: 1352718944
Sender's Name: Stephanus Jan Gabriel Du Plessis
WU MTCN#: 1352718944
Estimated Destination FCY Amount: US Dollars $7,000.00
Exchange Rate: 1 USD = 15.7543 ZAR
Tax Invoice No: 5113-091-150430-125539
GST @1.00000 USD
Transaction Amount: US$7,000.00
Total Amount Payable: US$7,000.00

Purpose Code: Transaction of 1.00000 USD
Test Question: WHAT COLOR ?
Answer: WHITE


Best Regards

Mr.Chris Michael.
Foreign Operation Manager.
Phone number:+1(480) 500 8862

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