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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: "CCRS Managing Director" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:45:41 +0700
Subject: Good Morning:

Our Ref: UN/FCA7-02U
Good Morning,
We wish to congratulate and inform you that after thorough review of all unclaimed Contract, Inheritance, Lottery funds, etc in conjunction with the World Bank and the United Nations auditors report, your payment file was forwarded to our office for review and immediate payment of your long delayed funds starting with a first installment transfer of $980,520.00 USD to your bank account.
The Audit report shows that you have been going through hard times by paying a lot of money to dubious officials for the release of your funds. We therefore advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence outside this office because you do not have to pay any money or fee to receive your funds.
This first installment transfer of $980,520.00 USD   will be credited to your submitted bank account within 3 working days and telex confirmation forwarded to you and your bankers for confirmation.
Re-confirm as follows:
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Full Residential Address:
(3) Country/State:
(4) Direct and Current Phone Numbers:
(5) Passport identification:
(6) Next Of Kin:
(7) Age/Occupation/ sex:
(8) Private Email Address:
Once again Congratulations.
Yours faithfully,
Barr: Dr. Jim Locubs
CCRS Managing Director
Tel: +19046851480

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