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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 NATIONS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:15:02 -0700

Dear Sir/Ma,
I hereby send to you the information submitted by Mr.JOHNSON MARK U.S.A of Florida group Ltd, with an application to receive your payment on your behalf.
Please as a matter of urgency, you are required to verify the following information and inform us if you are aware or know anything about this. on MONDAY Mr. JOHNSON MARK came to the office claiming that you  have instructed him to come and receive the payment on your behalf with some representatives and you are dead some time ago .I have ask them to come back THURSDAY as they did not provide any power of an attorney from you which will proof that you truly send them.
This was to enable me contact you to verify how genuine this people are to you.
1. Did you instruct one Mr. JOHNSON MARK of USA Florida group Ltd. whose information is below, to claim and receive the payment on your behalf before you passed on? attached is also the death Certificated submitted.
2. Did you sign any 'Deed of agreement' in his favor thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account  details below :
3 UNITY TRUST BANK PLC LONDON has been solely empowered and authorized to offset all outstanding  payment exclusively for and on behalf of the British  Government  Note that any correspondence or transaction carried out with any other person(s)/institution except UNITY TRUST BANK PLC LONDON  is done at your own risk and thus, we stand no chance to accept or condone any complain of misfortune that might arise or cause you in such contact.
Account Name: Mr. Johnson Mark Group Ltd, A/C #USD114-1025567-8, Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank, Florida Swift Code:SCBL 11K111.
Finally, you are hereby advised to indicate to this honorable office with immediate effect, if you are the person that instructed Mr. Johnson Mark to come for the claim of your fund worth of $5,000,000.00 (Five Million United States Dollars), to enable us endorse for the final payment approval order on his behalf this week.
Anticipating immediate reply on
Mr. Edward Cole

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