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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. Scott Grog" <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2021 10:41:18 -0800
Subject: (Re: Instruction to credit your account with $3,150,567.00)

(Re: Instruction to credit your account with $3,150,567.00)

Dear Scam victim,

This is National Crime Investigation Center USA.

In our investigations from banks on International and National Funds
Transfer (INFT) protocols in the past 10 years from all banks
worldwide. We have come across your contact details and records with
one of these Banks. In view of the carried investigations, we have
contacted you confidentially for vital information toward your
transaction with this bank. It was clear that the bank have delayed
your payment thereby looking for a means to divert your fund to
different individual account not belonging to you.

However, all bank officials who mishandled your transaction has been
duly sacked and management dissolved and dismissed from bank work as a
result of this attempt. Upon our investigation conclusion, we found
out that your transaction was legitimate and for this reason, a
compensation amount of $3,150,567.00 (Three million one hundred and
fifty thousand, five hundred and sixty seven dollars) has been
allocated to you for immediate payment through our accredited bank,
Platinum Federal Credit Union USA.

Kindly contact the compensation paying officer with the below details.

Name: Mr. Giacomo De Giorgi

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Scott Grog

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