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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: "Maureen Hinckley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 14:39:42 +0100
Subject: Greetings To You

Greetings To You,

I am Maureen Hinckley and i won my Power ball Jackpot of $61.5 Million dollars in December 11, 2013, My jackpot was a gift from God to me and my entire family/foundation has agreed to do the will of God. My foundation is donating $3,550,000USD to you. Contact us via my email at ( for further/full details.

Best Regards,
Maureen Hinckley.
Copyright ©2015• The Maureen Hinckley Foundation• All Rights Reserved.

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