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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: "From Antony J. Blinken" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 02:55:33 -0700
Subject: Federal Executive Council Washington DC US

From Desk Of Antony J. Blinken
USA Secretary of State
Refund Payment Committee
Federal Executive Council Washington DC USA.

Good Day,

This letter is written in order to change your life from today. Please
note that this letter came to you as a result of information received
from our monitoring network regarding so much payments which you sent
through Western Union and Money Gram to Europe, USA, Asia and Africa
and some other part of the World without receiving any payment to your
name, further investigation reveals that you have lost hope towards
receiving your payment after being deceived so many times.

Following the on going re-branding of USA policies, the Federal
Government of USA have directed our committee to compensate/refund the
sum of $6,500,000 to you through payment by ATM CARD being one of
the most convenient means of receiving payment World Wide, Bank to
Bank Transfer. We wish to inform you that the members of Refund
Payment Committee are honorable men of Great Repute and integrity who
have served the Government of USA in different capacities.

we also wish to inform you that the Committee members were appointed
by our respected President Joe Biden to pay 250 million Dollars to the
listed beneficiaries that have lost their money to the scammer and
have not yet receive their total sum.

Contact Roy Harvey of the Refund Payment Committee, he will guide you
on how your payment will be release to you. Please let him know that
this letter is from Antony J. Blinken Secretary of State.

His Contact Details:

Name: Roy Harvey
Phone: +1 984-666-2582

In order for you to receive your payment this week, you are advice to
contact Roy Harvey on his email and make sure you ANSWERS to the
Questions below.

(1) Your Full Name
(2) Your Direct telephone. Fax Number ( if any)
(3) How Many Months Or Years in which You Have Been Expecting your Payment
(4) The Place you sent Money Last whether Nigeria or
London, Malaysia, Benin Republic etc.
(5) The Last Amount of Money You sent indicating What Month and Year

From Antony J. Blinken
USA Secretary of State
Refund Payment Committee
Federal Executive Council Washington DC US

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