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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: Fri, 17 Apr 2020 08:30:33 -0500
Subject: You have been approved for Compensation.


I am Donald F.Wahl a World Bank and United Nations Office on Drugs and
Crime(UNODC)Certified and accredited Fiduciary agent.I have the brief
and accreditation to handle your file as regards the hereunder

Due to the Subpoena given to the Western Union to submit all transfers
made through them by unsuspecting Scam victims,your name was submitted
and therefore you have been awarded a compensation of $2.5Million to be
paid immediately.

Please see this link to be better informed;

We should have contacted you a little earlier,but due to the fact that
all operations are from New York and the CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC has
limited our operation.

Meanwhile we are mostly working from home now.You are to immediately
provide your updated Bank account coordinates, valid ID,and phone
number to proceed with your payment ASAP.

Best regards,
Mr.Donald F.Wahl
New York,U.S.A

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