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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: "United States Department of Homeland Security" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 19:01:40 +0000
Subject: Have You Received Your Funds?

Good Day ,

Have you received your funds of $10.5 Million dollars from the IRS / Homeland office If not contact the information below, this Mail has been securely verified from the office of the United States Department Of Treasury.

United States Department of Homeland Security
Office Address : Federal Government Office 300 7th St SW
Email :
Secretary : Mrs Kirstjen Nielsen

We are happy to inform you that at our office here in Washington we recover the sum of Ten Million five hundred thousand United State dollars from some Africa, Asia, United Kingdom and even here in the State from internet fraudster and gang with the help of international Criminal Committee and also the {F.B.I}.

Reason for contacting you is that we have found your email to be amongst the people whom are to be compensated with the sum above as your email and name has fallen among our list to pay, you don't have to worry as long as you follow the right instruction from Mrs Kirstjen Nielsen who is to approve and direct your payment/funds to you.

We have inform Mrs Kirstjen Nielsen to make arrangement of your payment to you which we believe is ready now and has been confirmed that as soon as you contact her then there should not be any delay or problem on this as this is 100 Percent legitimate.

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 gets to you and is acknowledged by you. As soon as you receive this email you should be aware that you have been selected to receive the payment without any delay it does not matter which country you are from you are to understand that your payment is ready to be sent to you any where around the world. This email have been confirmed and verified by the United States Government before it is been sent to you so be free to contact Mrs Kirstjen Nielsen in order for her to complete this transaction for you once and for all.

The IRS / Homeland 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 / Homeland to avoid any mistake.

You can also confirm your information below to the Homeland Security

Full Name :

Full Home Address :

Tel Phone Number :

Valid ID CARD:

Contact the IRS / Homeland as soon as this mail get to you to avoid any delay of your payment . Mrs. Charity Donalds have received her funds of $10.5 Million a week ago.

Your email will be responded to as soon as you confirm your information as we will treat your case urgent and release your payment of Ten Million five hundred thousand United State dollars ($10.5 Million ) to you please you are only adviced to contact us if you have not received your payment.

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

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