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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 Juan Maria" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 02:58:54 -0700

Dear Beneficiary,
Following the instruction we received from the United nations dept reconciliation board committees, confirming you as the genuine beneficiary of the contract/inheritance and award fund TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND (($2,500,000,00) United States Dollars only.
However, I wish to officially inform you that LA CAIXA BANK SPAIN has been officially authorized to transfer your contract/inheritance and award funds in your account within the next 72 hours from now, so you are advice to contact MRS.MARIA VERONICA FISAS in LA CAIXA BANK UK for urgent transfer of your funds, and follow her instruction to enable you receive your funds without any other hitches, we are very sorry for delay this might have cause you.
Note: you are to update this office as you receive the above funds in your account, to enable UN make final endorsements to the office of world bank/UN, do not fail to call MRS.MARIA VERONICA FISAS on this number PHONE +447895039459 or via EMAIL :{ } as soon as you receive this message.
Attached is the bank statement of account.
Best Regards.
Dr. Juliet Graham
For: United Nations.

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