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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2020 04:49:32 -0800

Dear Recipient

YOUR TAX ACCOUNT HAS REACHED THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT AWARD, I wanted to follow up with you to see if you have any update on your award, because nobody appears at your address to take the award all during the holidays

You a tax Refund is $ 3,899,478.00 with a brand new car, X3 BMW 2019 Award (the attached file is added to your account) and Bank said it will be there in 72 hours, but nobody shows up at your address to establish the IBAM Number of commercial vehicles, hope you still at this address or did you change to another one, Visit the EUROCLEAR website "" to verify the voucher, when it opens tick the circle marked “ISIN” and enter the following ISIN ticket numbers "US46625HGY09" next to EQUALS, scroll down and hit the arrears key for result indicated to verify bellow

Verify your date of birth: ...
Country of origin and state: ...
Occupation: .... / Nationality: ....
Sex: .... / Closest relative: ...
Old & New email account: .....
Tel: ... and corresponding address with your Full Name: ....

Company Name: People's Rights Organization - International, Inc. Lic., # 1612871 - DBA:
Automatic sent Notification to the winner's email because no one appears at the address for claim

Get back to me!

Henry J Chidke
Executive Vice President and Promotion
Non-Profit Public Interest: Section 331 (C) (4) (1988)
Defense & Enforcement of human Rights Secured By Law

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