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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: CHUCK <"www.">
Reply-To: Marcos Rivera <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 22:20:41 +0900 (JST)


Our attention was drawn to the issue of your payment. the Department of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network revealed that you have a genuine unpaid compensation funds. we first contacted the US Ambassador to some West African Countries and got confirmation but since May 2012 we have been waiting for final approval for the payment authorization for any funds owed in compensation/contracts/inheritance to be paid through US Banks and not Africa Banks run by fraudsters.Your money has been moved to Bank of America

This information came after our investigation, we have made contact with the Agencies handling payments of the compensation with your name to find out if truly you have any approved years ago or recently anywhere in your name. First, you have to stop further communication with the fraudsters if you have been dealing with any over the years. You need the right information to know exactly where you fund is and how the fund will be delivered to you. There was an approved compensation fund and the money was moved to the US. we have information to contact the AU representative in New York who has files and information with names of all the beneficiaries. be advised to also make inquiry with Marcos Rivera immediately to know the status of your funds and where the funds was moved to.

Marcos Rivera
Phone 914-598-9160

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