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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: "Dr.Adam J. Szubin." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:14:30 -0700
Subject: Attention,


I am Adam J. Szubin, immediate past Secretary of the Treasury under the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

At a meeting with the World Bank, Ecowas and the United Nations while i was still in Office, an agreement was reached between three parties for us to compensate all B2B and Individual scammed victims. This letter, which is to notify you about your compensation as one of the scammed victim that sent money via Bank Transfer; Western Union Money Transfer, Ria or Money Gram to fraudsters, ought to have been sent to you before now but for United States leadership transition bottleneck. This email is to officially notify you that you have been listed as one of the beneficiaries to benefit from this ongoing "SCAM VICTIM COMPENSATION BENEFITS" (SVCB).

Please be informed that your PAYMENT REFERENCE CODE IS: WFSC/07735, and is to be quoted in your correspondence. For claim, you are advice to contact;

Email: ( )

With your details as below for easy processing and payment release to the tune of $2,200,000:

1.. Full Name:…………
2. Phone Number:………
3. Sex: ……………
4. Age ………………
5. Occupation ………
6. Nationality…………

Feel free to email me should you require more clarification or my attention at any point.. Apologies for my delay in relaying this information.

Yours faithfully,
Dr.Adam J. Szubin.

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