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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:

Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 06:10:45 +0900
Subject: Attention: Fund Owner

80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ,
United Kingdom.


The British High Commission in Nigeria, Benin Republic, Ghana and
Burkina Faso received a report of scam against you and other British/US
and Malaysian citizens, Etc. The countries of Nigeria, Benin Republic,
Burkina Faso and Ghana have recompensed you following the meeting held
with the four countries' Government and various countries' high
commission for the fraudulent activities carried out by the four
countries' Citizens.

Your email address was among those scammed as listed by the Nigeria
Financial Intelligent Unit (NFIU). Compensation has been issued out in
Certified Bank Drafts to all the affected victims and has been already
been in distribution to all the bearers. Your draft was among those that
were reported undelivered as at on Friday and we wish to advise you to
see to the instructions of the Committee to make sure you receive your
draft immediately.

According to the number of applicants at hand, 184 Beneficiaries has
been paid, half of the victims are from the United States, and we still
have more 37 left to be paid the compensations of $1,000,000.00 USD

Your particulars was mentioned by one of the Syndicates who was arrested
as one of their victims of the operations, you are hereby warned not to
communicate or duplicate this message to him for any reason whatsoever
as the U.S. secret service is already on trace of the other criminals.

So keep it secret till they are all apprehended. Other victims who have
not been contacted can submit their application as well for scrutiny and
possible consideration.

NFIU further told us that the use of Nigeria and Ghana Couriers was
abolished due to interception activities noticed in the above mentioned
courier services in Benin, Nigeria and Ghana and thereby have made a
concrete arrangement with the Courier Company for a safe delivery to
your door-step once the beneficiary meets up the demand of the

We advise that you do the needful to make sure the NFIU dispatches your
Draft on Friday.

You are assured of the safety of your draft and availability. Be advised
that you should stop further contacts with all the fake lawyers and
security companies who in collaboration scammed you. Get back to me
immediately through my assistant Mr.John Tom ( with
your correct full details (Full Name, Contact Address And Reachable
Telephone Number) to check if the delivery date suits you.

Yours in Service,
Mrs.Elizabeth Davis.

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