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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: "Grant Funds Unit" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:22:13 -0300
Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI Director

ATTENTION: Beneficiary,

Knowing that on a regular basics you receive several emails ssociated with receival of funds however,We the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) through our intelligence-monitoring network have discovered that the transaction that the bank contacted you previously
for was legal. Recently the fund has been legally approved to be paid via Bank of America. So, we the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington Dc, inconjunction with the United Nations (UN) financial department have investigated through our monitoring network noting you that your transaction with the Bank of
America is legal.I want you to be rest assured that there is no risk attached so,you have the legitimate right to complete your transaction to claim your fund $10.7 (Ten million seven hundred thousand united state dollars) Because of so much scam
going on Internet. We the Federal Bureau of investigation decided to contact the MEANDERWAYS CARGO LOGISTICS COURIER SHIPPING SERVICE, for Them to give us their procedures on how
to send this money to you without any further complain or delay. We just got an information from the Bank of America and they have loaded your $10.7 (Ten million seven
hundred thousand united state dollars) in ATM MASTER CARD and submit to the MEANDERWAYS CARGO LOGISTICS COURIER SHIPPING SERVICE for immediate delivery to your doorstep. You are
required to choose one option, which you will be to pay and also convenient for you,For quick delivery of your parcel containing you?re ATM CARD and other two original
back up documents.

We request that you reconfirm your mailing address to ensure conformity with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you. Only valid residential/Office
address and postal address are certified Ok.

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Receiver's Name: .......
Address: ................
Tel/: ...................
Delivery Information/ Parcel Description
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Delivery Terms: International Delivery

Condition of Delivery: Priority Delivery
Consignment Note No: MI 49866-2110
Color of Parcel: ...Brown.
Total Weight: 2.1 kg
Total Net Weight: 1.7 kg

We are here to protect you from any problem till you receive your package; you can as well get in touch with the MEANDERWAYS CARGO LOGISTICS COURIER SHIPPING SERVICE assigned ,our High profile Agent has been mandated to guild through this process on behalf of the Federal Bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington Dc,
delivery of this financial package to your doorstep is 100% guaranteed.

Below is your assigned agent's contact information:

Assigned Special Agent: Mr. Will Graham


Looking forward to hear from you as soon as you receive this message.

Best Regards,

FBI Director
Christopher Wray

Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, DC
20535-0001 , USA

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