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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: "Mr. Roy Cockrum" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 15:09:48 -0700
Subject: Greetings to you,

Compliment of the day to you,

My name is Roy Cockrum, (Chief Executive Officer of Roy Cockrum
foundations) born and raised in the area of Knoxville, Tennessee. After
winning my Power ball Jackpot of $259.8 Million, I promised God that I
will do the right thing to his glory by investing 50% of my money to
charity in helping humanity starting from 2019.My foundation picked 360
lucky people/family to be blessed from registered email addresses
provided to me by Microsoft list/Google list/Facebook users.

I may not know you, but I believe if you were chosen by God to receive
my grant donation of US$.275,000.00 USD. You must be a God-fearing
individual; I am a Christian and I believe that good things happen to
those people who wait and also believe in faith and in truth.

Information just reached my office from the Citcokeycrop Bank which is
our contracted paying bank stating that some selected beneficiaries were
unable to come for their claims there by leaving their grant funds in
the bank. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: All of Mr. Cockrum's Foundation gifts and
donations have been made! No new gifts or donations to strangers will be
coming in the future! This is why we are trying to pay out all unclaimed
donation amounts.

Be assured you stand no risk as this is my money, for source and
verification Please you can read more about me by Viewing this:

Having gone through the unclaimed payment files, your name was among the
selected beneficiary to benefit from my donation but was not paid due to
several emails being sent to you that came back undelivered and still
unreachable by phone.

Let it be known that my foundation has stopped giving out grant
donations, but we are trying to reach out to the list of names that
could not get their payment once again to see that all selected
beneficiaries get paid. If you have the opportunity to receive this
notification, send your Formal Application with payment sort
Identification code: FRB/USTD/022 as follows for immediate attention and
payment to you.

May the good Lord bless you.

May the Good Lord bless you.
Mr. Roy Cockrum
E-mail: -
© Roy Cockrum Foundation

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