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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: "Mrs. Michele J. Sison " <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mrs. Michele J. Sison" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:56:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Dear

Attention Dear

This is to inform you that we have deposited your UN individual compensation funds $15.6 million to Chase Bank California USA

There are three (3) options for you to get your funds transferred to you. These options include (1) Bank To Bank Transfer (2) Opening online Bank Account (3) ATM Card Payment.

Do not hesitate to contact now and also re-confirm the following information’s as listed below,

1. YOUR FULL NAME: ............
2. YOUR HOME ADDRESS: ............
3. YOUR COUNTRY: ............
4. YOUR DIRECT CELL NUMBER: ............
5. AGE AND GENDER............
6. OCCUPATION: ............

Forward the above information’s to Rev Nidle Garry. (the Chief Executive
Officer) direct

Note: because of impostors on internet, use this transaction
code(AE/TCA872/GOOD) as a subject when contacting the bank.


Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Michele J. Sison
United States Ambassador to the United Nations

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