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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: "Mrs.Alice Jako" <xx@yy>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 03:23:25 -0700
Subject: Good day,

Good day,

This is to inform you of your long overdue Compensation Payment In this office Files records over here. This department found your name in the Central Computer / Federal Ministry of Finance among the list of Scam Victims unpaid Compensation Funds and have to update your information by contacting you Through this email for your immediate confirmation response, back to my Office without delay. The value capital Compensation fund amount ( $7,800,000.00 Million USD)

However we received an email from one (MR.CHARLENE MCCLELLAN) who told us that he is your next of kin and that you had a car accident four Months back. He has also submitted his account information to the Remittance Department for transfer of the fund to him as your Inheritor of the fund.

Below are the Account Details:

463 Broadway, New York,
NY 10013, United States
ACC: 2084664206

We are now verifying by contacting your email address as we have in our Bank records before we can make the transfer into his account and for us to conclude confirmation if you are still alive.You’re the last person on the List to receive this Compensation Fund as per the Federal Ministry of Finance Directives on Inheritance Funds Outstanding Payment.

Please, if still alive, do urgently send us email for confirmation

Mrs.Alice Jako
Remittance Office Department.
Union Bank of Nigeria

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