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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. John Forbes Kerry," <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Mr. John Forbes Kerry," <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:29:01 +0900 (JST)
Subject: U.S Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520.

U.S Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520.

Your ATM Visa Card Will Be Shipped Through USPS To Your Address

I am Mr. John Forbes Kerry, United States Secretary of State by profession.
This is to inform you officially that after our investigations with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
and other Security Agencies in the Country for the year ended 2015, we
discovered that you have not receive your funds.

I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all
Outstanding Payments accrued to Individuals or Corporations with respect to
local and overseas contract payment, Debt Rescheduling and Outstanding
Compensation payment. This is to make sure all Outstanding payments are
settled beginning of this fiscal year 2016. On Behalf of the entire staff
of the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations in collaboration
with World Bank, we apologize for the delay of your contract payment,
Winning or Inheritance funds from most of African Countries and all the
inconveniences you encountered while pursuing this payment. However, from
the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment with the U.S
Secretary of State, your name was discovered as next on the list of the
outstanding payment who has not yet received their payments. Note that from
the record in my file, your outstanding contract payment is US$10.5 Million
(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) loaded in your ATM Visa Card
that allows you to make a daily maximum withdrawal limit of US$3000 (Three
Thousand Dollars).

I have your file here in my office and it says that you are yet to receive
your funds valued at US$10,500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars). This Funds will now be delivered to your designated address or
your preferred payment option. We have perfected all modules on how to
bring this funds to your home without any problem, but be aware that United
Nations and the United States Government has only authorized my office to
release the Sum of US$10,500,000.00 to you as true beneficiary of the Fund.
Note that your loaded ATM Visa Card will be mailed to you through Priority
Mail Express (USPS) to your designated address immediately you admit full
compliance to this email. You are advised to kindly reply this email with
the below details enclosed to help ensure safe mailing of your ATM Visa Card:

Your Full Name:
Your Contact Home Address:
Name of City of Residence:
Country of Residence:
Direct Mobile Telephone Number:
ID Card, DL or Passport Copy:
Age and Occupation:

NOTE: Every documentation proof for your funds have been packaged and seal
to be mailed together with your Visa Card to your address. Therefore, the
only obligation required of you by the laws of the Government of United
States and the financial Monetary Policy of the Supreme Court, states that;
you as a beneficiary must officially obtain the irrevocable LEGAL STAY OF
PROCEED from the Supreme Court of USA, as a means to justify the
legitimacy, transparency and clean bill of funds from USA so that by the
time your funds gets to you, no authority will question the funds as it has
been legally certified free from all financial Malpractices and facets. The
LEGAL STAY OF PROCEED is valued at a cost of just US$129 (One Hundred & twenty nine Dollars)

As soon as the above mentioned details are received, The LEGAL STAY OF
PROCEED will be secured on your behalf immediately. I need all the
compliance that I can get from you to ensure we get this project
accomplished. Personally, I am very sorry for the delay you have gone
through in the past years. Thanks for adhering to this instructions which
are meant for your sole benefit, once again accept my congratulations in advance.

Thanks for your cooperation as your quick response to this email ( notice with adherence to the above instructions
is highly anticipated.

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. John Forbes Kerry,
United States Secretary of State

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