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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: "Dr. Zark Seidu" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2022 15:31:27 -0700

Good day,

This is to notify you that after the last annual auditing, all unpaid claims have been resolved to be released in the next quarter hence we have determined that you are eligible to receive a reconciliation payment of $1.8m being your claims part payment as ordered by International monetary fund (IMF).

Following the discrepancies of all affected banks/companies to individuals globally in international payments, we have resolved to take over making sure all owed contract, inheritance, award and compensation debts are released which affected your claims but due to invalid account details/records, we were unable to credit your account. Please reconfirm your full name, sex, age and address and allow us 5-6 working days for your part payment to be processed and released to you through our accredited paying financial institution.

Contact below person:
Name: Lorenzo Bengat

Dr. Zark Seidu

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