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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Andrea Gacki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 07:18:23 +0200

AGENCY: Office of Foreign Assets Control,
                    Treasury Department.
ACTION: Notice of OFAC Indemnify Remittance Actions.
OMB Number: 1505-0165
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers and enforces World Customs Organisation (WCO) Indemnify Compensation Remittance Programs against difficulties of Living worldwide, fraud victims, Individuals, groups and entities. Financing them in accordance with national security support and foreign policy goals and objectives.
WCO, as part of its continuing effort to enhance sufficient funds to the general public, assisting them to be able to contribute successfully to national development goals, particularly to revenue collection, tax payment and community protection. Invites the OFAC and other Federal Agency to act on proposed disbursement of 2017/2018 recovered wealth, to random selected persons from the general public, as required by the Compensation Act of 1994.
CURRENT ACTIONS: Through OFAC computerised balloting system, you and nine others were randomly selected from the general public, to benefit and achieve the Compensation Prizes of a total sum of Four Million United States Dollars and Natural Gold nugget huge at 13.16 troy ounces. In addition, before the Jurisdiction of U.S. Supreme Court of Justice the OFAC & WCO have verify and certify the Compensated Prizes to be clean and genuine from source and origin. Your Indemnify compensation is available for disbursement to you, and shall be processed for delivery remittance, after acknowledgement of your soliciting response.
The Compensation Executive Counsel, had announce possible means of Prizes Remittance and also time availability to receive Fund and Gold. However, it is declare that prizes shall be disburse by Consignment through UPS Shipping and Logistics Service. Furthermore, the Treasury Department and World Customs determined that all Ten Eligible Beneficiaries to meet the UPS shipping levy in amount of $290.00 only. Stating that other taxation have been cleared and all related documents are acquired and will be shipped with the consignment to your residence.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As regards the procedures of claiming your Compensated Prizes and to ascertain perfect delivery, you are required to provide your datas as listed below. It will also be used to update your details on our database apparatus;
Full Names.
Residence Address.
Direct Telephone.
Gender & Age.
Nationality & DOB.
Attach Government ID.
Provide above list of datas required from you. For comfort level, there is invitation to WCO HQ in Brussels, Belgium. For personal claims and collection of compensation, but if not possible then you should pay the $290.00 for cost of consignment delivery through UPS Shipping and Logistics Service Inc. Finally, we assume you understood the guidelines to a factual situation, on how to claim your benefited Cash sum of Four Million United States Dollars (4,000,000.00 USD) and the Natural Gold nugget huge at 13.16 troy ounces. Which you eligibly benefited/won from the Indemnify Funds & Assets Compensation Programs.
GUIDELINES: Claims Submission received must include the agency name and the OMB Number that appears at the top of this letter document. To facilitate consignment delivery, provide your datas and be prepared to endorse the cost of shipping your consignment, do these whilst contact back because there are no time for delays, as time waits nothing and nobody.
The information in 1505-0165 is a certification required pursuant to 515.572(a)(4) of the WCO Assets Control Regulations, 31 car part 515 (CAR) by persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States who’s to make authorised remittance. OFAC will monitor compliance with regulations governing authorised beneficiary and benefited remittances, donative remittances, remittances to religious and organisations from blocked Start Printed Page 18342 accounts as well as the provision of remittance forwarding services.
Ms. Andrea M. Gacki,
Office of Foreign Asset Control.
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20220

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