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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: "Miss Lydia Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2023 09:45:11 -0800
Subject: FROM: FEDERAL RESERVE BANK 02-03-2023

The Federal Reserve Bank write to notify you that after  series of meetings with the United Nations and World-Bank including the World Health Organization we the Federal Reserve Bank have been appointed to pay you and your family Covid-19  Palliative Funds of  $550,000 within 7working days
Before we will proceed with this payment kindly forward your full details as below.
Full Name:
House Address:
Your Direct Phone Number:
Your Occupation:
Any kind of ID: International Passport Or ID Card:
Miss Lydia Brown
Remittance Department
E-mail Reply:

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