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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: Sun, 20 Dec 2020 18:44:15 +0000
Subject: URGENT TRANSFER OF YOUR US$4,500,000.00

214 Broadway, New York,
NY 10038, United States.
Unclaimed Asset/Assets Re-united,
USA International Remittance Department
Tel: +1 (650) 300-8647
Fax: +1 (646) 805-9453
Our Ref: JPMCB/CTB/6x780/19.


Attention Beneficiary

In fight against corruption in the Banking system and in pursuit to re-buil=
d a good relationship with foreigners by the President of the United States=
of America.

We wish to inform you that every files and reports concerning international=
payment of all the foreign beneficiaries was brought to my office in the O=
rder and instruction of the U.S Department of States and U.S Department of =

I must confess that i shared tears after seeing your unclaimed and uncomple=
ted transactions, It was a national slap and a disgrace to this Country aft=
er noticing that your have paid for all the fee to receive your fund but yo=
ur funds never got to your bank account because of the selfish interest of =
the banks and Individuals mandated to transfer and release your fund to you=
r bank account.

The U.S Department of States and U.S Department of Treasury has approved a =
compensation payment of US$4,500,000.00 in your name which shall be transfe=
r to your bank account through an online, We will create an online bank in =
your name and you will transfer your fund by yourself through our online to=
your bank account.

We chose to transfer your fund through an online banking so that no Agency =
will notice or stop your fund. Sir, you shall receive this compensation fun=
d within 3 working day, if you comply with our instructions and adhere to o=
ur directives.

Get back to us with your information as listed below.

Your Full Name:
Phone number:
Age and Occupation:
Next of Kin:
Scan Copy of your identification

Thank you for your mutual understanding and cooperation as we wait to read =
from you soonest

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. Harold Williams
Tel: +1 (650) 300-8647

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