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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: "United Nations Organization" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 10:22:43 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary !!!

Dear Beneficiary,

The U.S.A Government and World Bank And United Nations Organization Official Has Approved to pay you part payment of your contract/Inheritance Fund payment Valued at USD$15.5m in conjunction with British Government.

This decision was made last week. With this development, a woman by name (Elmer R. Kibler ) came to our office with an application stating that you gave her the power of attorney to be the beneficiary of your outstanding contract/Inheritance/award funds. She made us to believe that you are dead and that she is your next of kin. We got your email address and decided to send an email through this address hoping to find out if you are dead or alive and also to find out if you at any time gave this woman the power of attorney to represent you.

Please let us know also if you are aware that we are almost ready to transfer part payment of your outstanding funds to her nominated bank account stated below:

TLC Federal Credit Union
1625North Coast Highway
Newport, Oregon 97365
Account Number 10015548
Routing Number 3233276304
Beneficiary: Elmer R. Kibler

If you are not aware of the above instruction, do respond to this email immediately( he will Direct you and give you the Contact of our payment Centre which is INDEPENDENT & FINANCIAL TRUST GROUP.

For immediate transfer of your funds be informed that you are not allowed to correspond or contact any person or office with respect to this transfer other than this office, you are required to Re- send your information so that we can reconfirm that your still alive as following below this is to enable us make necessary arrangement of your payment through our payment Bank,Independent & Financial Trust Group.

You are advice to contact the payment Bank immediately on this contact information below.


This is the information needed below.

1.Full Name:
2.Residential Address:
5.Mobil Tel:
7.Country Of Residence:
9.Amount Won:
10.Alternative Email :

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Lloyd J. Austin

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