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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: "Mr. Samuel Bwalya" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 18:31:20 +0200

Dear Sir,
After our meeting held today based on your funds, the management want
to bring to your notice that we are making a special arrangement to
bring your said fund by cash through diplomatic Immunity to your
country home. Further details of this arrangement will be given to you
once you acknowledged this idea.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation
Waiting for your soonest response.
Mr. Samuel Bwalya
Envoy, UN Compensation Unit Nigeria
Plot 617/618 Central Area District, Diplomatic Zone,Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

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