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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: Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:03:33 -0700
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary,

Attention: Beneficiary,

Good Day!!!,

Based on our investigation of your payment, we want to find out if you're still alive or did you sign any deed of assignment with (Mrs. Grace Jackson.) to receive your COMPENSATION FUND, The Payment of US $5.000,000.00 which was approved by INTERNATIONAL MONITORY FUND (IMF) INVESTIGATION AND DEBT SETTLEMENT COMMITTEE to be release to you at your preferable mode of payment by the Investigation and Debt Settlement Committee, The Payment is as a result of compensation Inheritance Fund for scam victim which is due for payment. Approved by the Investigation and Debt Settlement Committee / International Monitory Fund, All is required from you is your details for Authorization and Endorsement of your Name on the said fund US$5Million for payment.

Please acknowledge receipt of this message for more details, Waiting
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Yours Faithfully,

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