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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: "StateTreasury" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2020 17:33:45 -0700
Subject: Have you received your funds

This email is a reminder to you and to inform you about your abandon unpaid funds of $ 10.5 Million {Ten Million Five hundred
Thousands dollars} which as already been approved by the (IMF) (United Nation) , You are advice to forward your valid
information to the secretary department office below ,

US Department of the Treasury
Address: 1500 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20220,
Secretary: Mrs. Clara Roderick
Contact E-mail :

In respond to the above message please be advice to reconfirm your information once more for there is an update with the
system. If this message get to you is either you have receive your funds or you still have not comply with our last
Notification. if you haven't receive your funds/Payment Your respond is needed urgently for the immediate release of your
payment of $10.5 Million

Reconfirm your Data Information as Stated Below to avoid any delay and to affirm fast release of your payment once and for all
with any further delay.

Full Name:

Full Home Address:

Working Phone Number:



Once More your Urgent Respond is needed as stated above thanks for your Understanding

Eliana Mayes
United Nation Organization
Address : 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017, USA

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