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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: "European Union" <>
Date: 02 Nov 2017 19:18:17 -0700
Subject: Final Funds Release Order

Attention: Beneficiary

Final Funds Release Order...

Following a series of complaints and petitions received by the
office of the European Union Police Commission, The FBI and The
INTERPOL respectively over the non-payment of foreign
beneficiaries’ payments as and at when due, compelled by the
World Governing Bodies (the IMF, United Nations Organization,
World Bank Group, United States Government, British Government),
the European Union Commission Committee on Financial and Allied
Matters effected legislative resolution. This ad hoc committee on
fact-finding on foreign payments was subsequently inaugurated to
help release immediately all outstanding payments that had
received proper approvals and endorsements from their respective
agencies but was delayed due to reasons unascertainable.

>From the records of outstanding beneficiaries due for payment
with the various Government Agencies, your name was discovered on
the list of beneficiaries whose files extenuated sufficient
attestation to receive their overdue payment. It has also been
discovered that your transfer was marred by various fees imposed
on them by their so-called representatives especially bank
officials who misappropriated the receipts of these payments.
These incidents are being investigated accordingly and all funds,
both remitted and due, have been scheduled for disbursement. Our
apologies are extended to all affected parties.

We are working at our utmost ability to compel all parties
involved to a point of restitution.
I wish to inform you that All Funds are being processed and will
be released to you through our Approved Payment Channels. Kindly
submit the following:

1) Your Name, Address, Date Of Birth, Nationality, Occupation (In
that order, for verification purposes)
2) All documentation regarding the origin and nature of the funds
that was to be transferred.
3) Proof of all payments you have made in respect of your funds,
if so. (This is for the purpose of your re-imbursement.)

Also respond to this notification with the following reference

1) IMF/FRC/US-BG-93WB82UN342-G
2) Approval Number: 8512-2017
3) Certificate of Merit Number: 021
4) Release Code Number: 0285

As soon as this Information is received, your payment will be
duly processed.
Further guidance will be availed to you as soon as we receive
your response.
Thank you.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs Dolly Diego
Chairwoman, European Union
Committee on Financial and Allied Matters

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