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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: "Andrea M Gacki" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 11:29:35 -0700
Subject: Re: OFAC

Office of Foreign Assets Control,
Transaction OMB No: 1505-0165.
(Federal Funding Service)
Hope everything is going well with your household, if so Glory to God. We are pleased to inform you that Jurisdiction of the United States Department of Treasury’s, Office of Foreign Assets Control, OFAC, administers and enforces the development of World Customs Organisation, WCO, on the Global Indemnity Compensation Financial Enrichments Program. Which assist against difficulties of Living among the general public, individuals, groups and entities.
Recently many have been defrauded over the internet through West Africans 419 Scams. So we are supporting WCO to Finance you and other eligibles, in accordance with International Security Support with our foreign policy goals and objectives. For further more information and assistance to claim your entitle $950,000.00 USD Indemnity Funding. Feel free to contact with any email on this letter. Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand is the only legitimate payment you need to claim, those millions of dollar letters are fairy tails. I hope you understand and accept the truth.
Best of Regards,
Miss. Andrea Gacki,
Director In Charge, OFAC,
Office of Foreign Asset Control,
NW Washington, DC 20220

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