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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: "Charles Christensen." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:35:19 +0100
Subject: Congratulations !!!

Dear ,

This email is from the Funds Verification Unit of the Debt Management Office. We are responsible for monitoring & investigating the legitimacy of UNPAID Contract payments and to ensure that all approved contract/inheritance payments are paid in full to the rightful beneficiaries. We have tried several times to contact you regarding the release of your contract/inheritance payment worth $10,500,000.00 {Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars} and received no response from you; the emails sent to you always return undelivered. After Extensive close door meetings with the Board of Directors and other Stake holders, it has been resolved and agreed that your contract/inheritance fund would be released to you via a newly designed payment method.

According to the laws of England and Wales, section 46 of the Administration of unpaid funds Act of 1925 (with subsequent amendments), the Federal Ministry of Finance have mandated all unclaimed funds to be released back to its rightful owners; stating that it is an unfair practice to withhold funds declared UNCLAIMED/CONFISCATED. My Office also holds the authority to scrutinize all payment files of beneficiaries that their funds were among the people that their funds have been sent to government treasury account. You are reading this email because you have been approved to receive a part payment of $850,000.00 as compensation to beneficiaries that were affected. Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($10,500,000.00) or it's equivalent is the CONFISCATED amount approved in your name but as concluded by the Board, this exercise of compensation is to have enough time to conclude arrangement on how to pay all beneficiaries via the newly designed payment method.

In receipt of this confidential Letter, email this office immediately to reconfirm your information to receive your compensation funds as listed below.

1) Your Full Name.
2) Your Contact Address.
3) Your Occupation, Age, and Marital status
4) Your Home Phone, Mobile/Cell Phone and fax Number.
5) Attach Copy of Identification.
6) A Copy of your approval notice for clarification.

As soon as I receive this information, I will make out a new file for your payment and proceed with the processing of your fund release.


Charles Christensen.
Funds Verification, Consolidation & Reconciliation Unit,
Debt Management Office.

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