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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: Shane Missler <>
Reply-To: Shane Missler <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 04:14:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Beneficiary Email ID,

I am Shane Missler, 20, who resided in Port Richey that win US$450Million in the Mega Millions jackpot drawing on January. 5 2018 and to avoid fraudulent notice, see my interview by visit link bellow:

We just started international donation campaign as we will be give a donation sum of US$49.700,000.00 each to improve the life of three Lucky individual from any part of worldwide and your Name and email address was submitted to us by the Google internet management teams as a webmail User and your name is among those listed to receive the donation payment sum of US$49.7Million through the help of Zions Bank Main Office United States

According to arrangement sign: The president and chief executive officer at Zions Bank Mr. Scott Anderson must contact you as soon as your draft check worth US$45.700,000.00 is approved in your name with Zions bank to enable them transfer the total donation payment direct to your personal bank information you may provide to them this week.

But you must contact the Zions Bank Mr. Scott Anderson yourself with below information before 72hours today to enable quick releasing the donation payment to you because bank is always engage with too many customers activities.

Contact Person: Mr. Scott Anderson.
The president and chief executive officer
Zions Bank (Main Office) One South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84133 United States of America
Phones: +1-(801) 876-8252

To avoid fraudulent activities, see President and chief executive officer of Zions Bank Mr. Scott Anderson interview by view website link bellow to avoid you think you deal with fake office.
President and CEO, Zions Bank Mr. Scott Anderson also receive text message at +1-(801) 447-2864 for bank business only. You can call him anytime about your donation fund to avoid delay.

You must make sure you contact Mr. Scott Anderson directly once you ready this mail message for more information because the donation US$49.7Million sign in your name now is 100% genuine with due process of law, and it is well free from all illegal activities which you have the lawful right to claim your donation fund once you contact Zions Bank United States.

Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,

Best Regard.
Shane Missler
US$450Million Mega Millions jackpot winner 2018

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