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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: "Mr. Thomas Ndokwa" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2023 18:57:36 -0800

Attn: Beneficiary,

We have actually been authorized by United Nations New Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the governing
body of the UNITED NATIONS Monetary Unit to ensure you receive your approved USD1,800,000.00 (ONE MILLION
EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) your accrued interest Payment from United Nations Organization through
Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

We have discovered with dismay that your payment has been unnecessarily delayed by corrupt officials of the Bank in
West African countries who are Trying to divert your funds into their private accounts. To forestall this, security
for your funds was organized in the form of your personal Identification number (PIN) ATM VISA CARD and this
will enable only you to have direct Control over your funds in the ATM CARD.

We are happy to inform you that based on our recommendation/Instructions; your complete Inheritance funds have
been credited in your favor through ATM VISA CARD.

You are therefore advice to contact me with the details below:.

Agent Name: Mr. Thomas Ndokwa
Mobile Number: +2347087628200

Contact him for the issuance and the delivery of your ATM Card and make sure your ATM CARD is activated before
delivery to your postal address as instructed. As soon as you establish a contact with him, an ATM card will be issued to you immediately.

Send the following information as stated below to avoid wrong delivery:

1. Your Full Name:
2. Your postal address:
3. Your Age:
4. Occupation:
5. Mobile Numbers:

We expect your urgent response to this matter to enable us monitor this payment to avoid further delay.

Congratulations in Advance as you follow instructions.

Yours in Service.
Mr. Thomas Ndokwa

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