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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: "Dr. Miss. Andrea Gacki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:10:05 +0900

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence
Hours: Open today : 8AM-6PM
Good News from; OFAC.
This confidential information is brought to you by the (OFAC) Director. Ms. Andrea M. Gacki. Recently, an International Conference Meeting was held between the U.S DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY (USDT) Executives, and the WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANISATION (WCO) whose primary objective is to Enhance Efficient and Effective Fund on arbitrary individuals and companies, thereby empowering and assisting them to be able to contribute successfully to their National Development Goals, particularly Revenue Collection, Tax Payment and Community Protection. During the meeting, the two International Government Organisations (IGOs) AGREED AND DECLARED that the 2017-2018 wealth's seized and confiscated from the crack down on Corruptions, will be shared as compensation to few lucky random selected persons and companies, with clean crime records & pays tax.  But focusing, primarily on victims of internet scams, bankruptcy & fraud.
In the past years, lots of money, precious stones such as gold & diamond, luxury properties and expensive assets worth Billions USD have been seized, obtained and kept in the (USDT) through various forms of Anti-Corruption military work worldwide, as your contact was gotten from some fraudsters recently bursted somewhere in Africa. Therefore, we're delighted to inform you of been among those randomly and luckily selected to benefit from the 2019 compensation equal share price of Four Million United States Dollars ($4,000,000.00 USD) CASH with a Natural GOLD nugget huge at 15.48 troy ounces (481.5 Grams), and a size of 3.55" (8.8 cm) long x 2" (5 cm) wide x 0.5" (15 mm) thick. This have been awarded to you and (4) others from different parts of the World. NOTE: Your benefited Enhanced Effective and Efficient indemnification Fund & Treasure, has been scrutiny verified Clean, Authentic and is been processed for official delivery to your resident anywhere in the world.  
For your notice; the benefactors held another meeting yesterday,regarding to the platform or means of remittance and your time availability to receive the Fund & Gold. This is to let you know that your paid cash sum Four Million United States Dollars and the Natural Gold will be handed over to you in a SEALED AND TAMPER-PROOF SUITCASE BOX. More importantly, be informed that the box delivery shall  handled by some OFAC Intelligent Senior staffs and not by any Courier Company whatsoever. With the OFAC staffs handling the delivery suitcase box, you're assured of a smooth, non-stop and un-interrupted delivery. Your box secret Pin Code shall be provided to you from this office, after the box must have been handed over to you at your resident.
Ensure to listen and read this letter carefully so that we can arrange and submit the remaining paperworks and data holding your Fund/Treasure Full release. All we need now are few of your personal identification to examine if it corresponds with what we have on our online database. The below required details will also help the OFAC officials delivering your box to locate and get to you quick and easy;
Upon provision of the above data required from you, expect to hear directly from my office within few hours by then we must have processed your information and prepare your consignment suitcase box for delivery to you the legal owner and beneficiary. With all due respect, we assume that you understand the explanation on how you have been selected to benefit from the 2019 Enhanced Efficient and Effective Compensation Fund & Treasure Asset, which are awarded to you by the World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General with support of the U.S Department of Treasury Executives Agency. Contact back with the your needed details, and get more information on how to claim and collect your tamper-proof suitcase box in a stress-free manner.
There are NO risk involve, and this transaction is executed & done on a legitimate procedure/platform that protect you from any breach of law. We're expecting to get a positive response from you, so we can facilitate and speed up your sealed and tamper-proof box delivery because it needs to reach you within a short period of time.
Yours Sincerely In Service;
Director. Miss. Andrea M. Gacki,

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