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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: "Mr.peter bruce" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2019 17:57:15 -0700

To Beneficiary

This is to inform you that following the three (3) days meeting held between the FBI, International Financial Investigation Unit, the Association of Better Business Bureau and the United Nations in relation to the just initiated Compensation program by the UN, be notified that you have been included along side others in the compensation program since you were found to have been scammed in recent past due to the report we detected in the FBI Scammed Monitoring Network.

Be informed that the sum of $5,200,000 Million United States Dollars had been set aside as compensation to you for being a victim as this is geared towards alleviating the suffering you might have gone through over time. We also do hope you will have a new beginning once this funds gets to you.

Here, the FBI headed by David Jackson have been officially delegated to come over to Africa by these agencies to investigate, monitor and ensure that all beneficiaries receives their compensation fund without any hitches.Note that in the course of our investigations, we detected your name and details in our Scammed Monitoring Network. We also found out that you were scammed of a huge sum of money by scammers via Western union and MoneyGram. Be notified here as well that your said compensation fund will be transfer to you via the Citibank being the accredited paying bank mandated by the United Nations officials to handle the payment proceedings.However, we have to inform you that we have been able to arrest some of the swindlers who has been in this illicit business and will be facing prosecution soon.

For your information, have limited time to stay back here, so we will advice that you respond to this message ASAP. More importantly, please endeavor to keep this vital information to yourself and do not make the mistake of letting the unscrupulous elements know our effort in trailing their illegal acts. This is so because we wouldn't want that to jeopardize our investigation.

All you need to do is to follow our instructions as we will ensure you receive your compensation accordingly and as directed by the United Nations.
We urgently wait to receive your response.


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