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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: "Mrs. Amina J. Mohammed" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:36:20 -0700
Subject: 6/24/2020 Official Letter Get Back To Me Urgently

Greetings, Today
It is my pleasure to inform you that your compensation payment is ready  after our meeting today we concluded to pay you 25,500,000.00 USD once you comply with directives.
Reply immediately for more details to enable us pay you send your 1.Full Name 2.Residential Address 3.Age 4, Occupation 5. Direct Telephone Numbers for bank transfer include your bank details as soon as you receive this email your immediate respond is urgently Needed. I will like your respond to this email to avoid any furtherdelaying.
Do not be afraid when replying this to
Best Regards,
Mrs. Amina J. Mohammed
UN Deputy Secretary-General.
UN Crime Fighting Officer

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