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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: "FSCS" <>
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 10:41:59 -0800
Subject: Official Notification (Ref: FSCS/23/SPA057)

Good Day,

This is to inform you once again that we are surprised at your continuous silence despite our numerous notification messages.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has been mandated as an independent body set up under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), and funded by a levy on "authorized financial services firms". The scheme covers deposits, intercepted foreign and local payment, inheritance payment, insurance policies, insurance brokering, investments and mortgages, credit card, unpaid contract, lotto winning claims, dating scam or any form of scam related victims.

Your email is listed in our record as a scam victim, and it is our pleasure to bring to your notice once again that your pending unclaimed compensation fund worth the sum of US$2.4 Million dollar (Two Million Four Hundred Thousand Dollar) in our custody.

In order to proceed with your compensation fund claim, kindly confirm your Full name, Contact address, Phone number, Age, Occupation, Sex and Quote ref FSCS/23/SPA057.

Note that this office will not be held liable for fund transfer into an unverified individual account. Hope to read from you soon.

Buck Sewell
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Whatsapp: +44 740 549 9375

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