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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: "State Treasury" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:41:09 +0200
Subject: Have you received your funds love

Have you received your funds of $10.5 Million dollars from the IRS / Home Land office If not contact the information below, this Mail as been secure verify from the Home Land Security office United State

Homeland Security US Department
Office Address : Federal Government Office 300 7th St SW
Office Secretary : Mrs Clara Rodrick
Email :

We are happy to inform you at our office here in Washington . we have recover the sum of Ten Million five hundred thousand United State dollars from those internet fraudster and importer who have scammed people of there money, with the help of the international Criminal Committee and and also the {F.B.I}

Reason for contacting you is that we have found your email to be among the people who are to be compensating with the sum above as your email and name as fail among our list to pay, then you don't have to worry as long as you have follow the right instruction from Clara Rodrick who is to approved and direct your payment/funds to you .

We have inform Clara Rodrick to make arrangement of your payment to you which we believe is ready now and confirm that as soon as you contact her then there should not be no delay or problem on this as this is %100 legal

Now understand that the United State Government or the Department of Treasury will not hold your payment for any reasons as long as this email get to you then know that you have been selected to receive the payment without any delay it dose not matter which country you are from know that there is all possible payment to you and have been confirm before sending you this email so be free to contact Clara Rodrick let here finish this transaction for you once and for all .

The IRS / Home Land have been waiting for you to get back to them all this time i see no reason why you should abandon your funds. Also make sure you Re-confirm your information to the IRS / Home Land to avoid any mistake.

You can also confirm your information below to the Home Land Security

Full Name :

Full Home Address :

Tel Phone Number :

Occupation :

Age :

Contact the IRS/Home Land Security as soon as this mail get to you . to avoid any delay on your payment Mr. John Ben have received his fund $ 10.5 million a week ago

Your email will be respond to as soon as you confirm your information, will treat you urgent and release your payment of Ten Million five hundred thousand United State dollars ($10.5 Million ) to you please you are only advice to contact Mrs Clara Rodrick if you have not receive your payment

Homeland Security US Department
Federal Government Office
300 7th St SW

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