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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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Fraud email example:

From: "UNCC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2023 09:34:37 -0700
Subject: Compensation Funds Claim Notification

I am Kavita Karlapudi from the UK Claims Department Representative office located in Ohio, United States. I am writing to inform you that you are eligible to claim the entire amount of US1,800,000.00 in compensation funds as stipulated in the codicil related to charges of Money Laundering indictment at HSBC Bank London, which involves a sum of $1.92 Billion.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me to obtain further information regarding this matter.

Yours sincerely,
Kavita Karlapudi,
Associate Banker.
US Representative.
TEL: +1 (330) 800-0258.

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