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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: "Edgar Sandoval Sr" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 17:14:09 +0200

Attention Dear Beneficiary,
3252 W Washington Blvd #1W, Chgo, IL 60624

I am Edgar Sandoval Sr., President and CEO, World Vision United States.

Since 1981, World Vision U.S. Programs has worked to create environments in which all family, children are healthy, educated, cared for, protected, thriving and participating in their communities. Our mission has led us to work in some of our nation’s most vulnerable populations where poverty is high and opportunities are limited including urban, rural, migrant/immigrant, and Native American communities. World Vision U.S. Programs focuses on transforming communities in poverty toward fullness of life through the distribution of donated products (GIK), emergency and disaster relief (HEA), and educational efforts (KidREACH).

When disaster strikes in the U.S., World Vision helps to respond by partnering with local organizations to provide immediate relief through essential supplies and/or cash transfer programming to children and families affected. World Vision's holistic disaster response is often long-term to include the three phases of Relief, Recovery and Rebuild. After several close-door meetings with our board members and Donas, a relief sum has been granted to assist affected families within the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Note this email has been directed to you because your details/information was listed on the list of Citizens affected by disaster (Health/Human/Natural) in the last decade, In reference to this regards, you have been awarded a relief sum.

In order to qualify for this relief/benefit, your daily life or business must have been interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster declared by the President of the United States. Payment will be made to Citizens, who as a direct result of a Presidentially declared major disaster.

Contact Mr Andrew Gardner (Payment Processing Department) at for a claim. Once details are received and verified, payment process will commence immediately and payment will be made payable to you once you meet all obligations.

With Regards
World Vision United States

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