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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: "Sir James Matt" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:09:23 -0800
Subject: Fund Ref :- XX/236/OB/2018

Attn:- ------------

Compliment of the day,

With due regards to your contract/inheritance/winning fund as recovered and under the custody of the United Nations fund recovery committee, thus, considering the overdue duration of your inability to receive the fund. I want to inform you that we {United Nations fund recovery committee} have arranged with ACCESS BANK'S AFFILIATE to immediately effect the online transfer of your US$15.6M United States Dollars via ACCESS online transfers.

The transfer of your fund will be processed and completed within 3 working days, within which the fund will safely reflect into any designated bank account of your choice.

To this effect, you’re required to contact Dr. Benson Cosmos
ACCESS BANK {Online Banking Services}

Deposit/Fund Details
Beneficiary Name : --------
Fund Ref :- XX/236/OB/2018
Fund Value :- US$15.600.000.00
Fund Origin :- United Nations Fund Recovery Committee
Paying Formula :- ACCESS Online Banking Transfer

Once you contact Dr. Benson Cosmos, He will furnish you with all necessary online information to carry out the online transfer of your fund by yourself. Contact this Email to receive your funds. Endeavor to update me once you contact him

Thanks and best regards
Sir James Matt, Coordinator
Copy right @ United Nations
Fund Recovery Committee

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