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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. Todd M. Harper " <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 07:16:43 -0800
Subject: Dear Customer

National Credit Union CREDIT Transaction Notification

This Message is from the National Credit Union Alexandria, Virginia,
United States, And am contacting you about your funds of $10.7 Million
Us Dollars deposited to the United Bank For Africa Plc to transferred
the funds to you as Your compensation for Scam Victim because your
name and your phone number was listed among the Victims that was
scammed years ago by West Africa Countries and now you are to be
compensated with the sum of $10.7 Million Us Dollars, Therefore you
have to reconfirm your information to them via email such as follows;

Your Full Name:
Your Home Address:
Your Tell Number:
Your Whatsap Nnumber:

Don't Forget To Reply This Email Only✉:

And after reconfirming your personal information to Them, Kindly let
them know the best way that you wish to have your funds of $10.7
Million Us Dollars to you either the funds will be transferred in your
bank account or the funds will be converted to an ATM MASTER CARD and
it will be delivered to your home address or the funds will be
delivered to you in Cash.

If You receive this message in spam, kindly know that it is a network problem.

Best regards:
Mr. Todd M. Harper
National Credit Union Administration
1775 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314

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