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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: "From Desk Of Michael R. Pompeo" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:29:47 -0700

From Desk Of Michael R. Pompeo
USA Secretary of State
Refund Payment Committee
Federal Executive Council Washington DC USA.
Good Day,
This letter is written in order to change your life from today. Please note that this letter came to you as a result of information received from our monitoring  network regarding so much payments which you sent through Western Union and Money Gram to Europe, USA, Asia and Africa and some other part of the World without  receiving any payment to your name, further investigation reveals that you have lost hope towards receiving your payment after being deceived so many times.
Following the on going re-branding of USA policies, the Federal Government of USA have directed our committee to compensate/refund the sum of $6,500,000  to you  through payment by ATM CARD being one of the most convenient means of receiving payment World Wide. We wish to inform you that the members of Refund Payment Committee  are honorable men of Great Repute and integrity who have served the Government of USA  in different capacities.
We also wish to inform you that the Committee members were appointed by our respected President Donald Trump to pay 250 million Dollars to the listed beneficiaries  that have lost their money to the scammer and have not yet receive their total sum.
Contact Mr Eric Roberts member of the Refund Payment Committee, he will guide you on how your payment will be release to you. Please let him know that this letter is  from Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State.
His Contact Details:
Name: Mr Eric Roberts
In order for you to receive your payment this week, you are advice to contact  Mr Eric Roberts on his email and make sure you ANSWERS to the Questions below.
(1)  Your Full Name
(2)  Your Direct telephone. Fax Number ( if any)
(3)  How Many Months Or Years in which You Have Been Expecting your Payment
(4)  The Place you sent Money Last whether Nigeria or London,Malaysia,Benin Republic etc
(5)  The Last Amount of Money You sent indicating What Month and Year
From  Michael R. Pompeo
USA Secretary of State
Refund Payment Committee
Federal Executive Council Washington DC USA.
From Mr. Michael R. Pompeo
USA Secretary of State
Refund Payment Committee
Federal Executive Council Washington DC USA.
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