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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: "NOTIFICATION OF PAYMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 04:35:07 +0800

Attn: Beneficiary,
This is officially inform you as the legal beneficiary to this said fund US$20.5M has been registered on your name with U.S Dept of the Treasury and International Monetary Fund (IMF) including European Parliament and Asia Government to release your fund through UBA Bank as you reply this mail with below details, this $20.5M will be credited through ATM visa card and deliver to you immediately you Re-confirm below.
Your outstanding payment will be release to you as soon as you reply to enable UBA bank send to you a copy of your ATM card and advise you how to confirm it online through the website .
1) Your full Name:
2) Your Full Address:
3) Phones, Fax and Mobile No:
4) Profession, Age and Marital Status:
5) Copy of any valid form of your Identification:
6) Your bank account details where you want Director of Telex and Wire Department to transfer your approved fund.
Meanwhile all legal documents will be release to you before your fund will be credit into your bank account.
Thanks for your maximum co-operation.
Richard Douglas
Department Of The Treasury Direct-Account

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