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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.Christopher . A. Wray" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2019 08:11:21 -0000

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, it
is because of the restrictions imposed by your Mail/Internet
Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely.
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and family? You may
not understand why this email came to you. In regards to the
recent meeting between the United Nations, Cyber Crimes
Commission (CCc), Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) and the
United States Government to restore the dignity and Economy of a
Nations based on the Agreement with the World Bank Assistance
Project to help and make the world a better place. We have been
having meetings for the past 3 months with the Secretary General
of the United Nations.
This email come to those who are yet to receive their
compensation/inheritance/winnings and who have been scammed in
any part of the world, this includes every foreign contractors
that may have not received their contract sum, and people that
have had an unfinished transaction or Compensation payments that
failed due to Government problems etc. Recently we the Federal
Bureau of Investigation(FBI) arrested internet fraudsters and
Scammer with large amount of money so if you are receiving this
email its means you where select to be compensated as a scam
victim among 100 selected victims with part of the money recover
from the internet fraudsters account. The UNITED NATIONS have
agreed to compensate you with the sum of $20,000.000.00 USD
100 people where selected across the Globe for this MIDDLE OF
THE YEAR COMPENSATION and Your email was in the list submitted
by our Monitoring Team observers and this is why we are
contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed,
so you are advised to contact Mr. Samson Lucas of the United
Nations Compensation Commission, as he is our representative in
United State Of America. Contact him immediately for your
Compensation payment of $20,000.000.00 USD (TWENTY MILLION
DOLLARS) which will be released directly to you in accordance
with legal clearance and procedures.
It is my pleasure to inform you that your ATM Card Number;
4000128498979908 have been approved in your favor. Your Personal
Identification Number is 6062. The ATM Card Value is
$20,000.000.00 USD (TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS) You are advised that
a most withdrawal value of $15,000.00 USD is permitted on
withdrawal per Day and we are duly Inter Switch and you can make
withdrawal in any Inter Switch site and ATM Center of your
However, you should send him your
Full Name/
Telephone Number/
your Residential Address/
New email address for this safety of this transaction
Contact Mr.Samson Lucas immediately for your compensation
Mr.Samson Lucas
Director- General,
ATM Card Payment
Washington Field Office
He is obliged to give you a call and treat your case with utmost
urgency as soon as you contact him and fill out your correct
details including all reachable phone numbers for him to get in
touch with you via phone and email.
NOTE: Under normal circumstances the collection of your ATM CARD
the IMF and the Finance Ministry insisted that you pay for the
DELIVERY FEE ONLY of your ATM CARD via western union money
transfer, which will cost you just $455 USD only, the western
union or Money Gram payment receipt of $455 USD to the nominated
courier company that will carry out with the delivery to your
door step to be documented in your file as proof your
collection. Ask Mr. Samson Lucas for the instruction on how to
send the delivery fee of $455 to him, Please note that the
delivery fee can not be deducted from your ATM CARD due to the
fact that no one has the authority to unlucky and use your ATM
CARD on your behalf because you alone will be the one to first
use the card for the first withdrawal with your secret code.
We also advise that you stop further communications with these
imposters and forward any correspondence / proposal you receive
from them to Mr.Samson Lucas in other for the FBI to bring
justice to them.
Good luck and kind regards,
Making the world a better place!

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