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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: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:08:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam,

We bring greetings to you in the name of the lord. This message is sent
to you as a notification that you have been chosen to benefit from our
charity project aimed at touching lives and helping those that we can across the
world as God has blessed us.

I won the Powerball Jackpot of $191,100,000.00 Million Dollars on August
2, 2018 and I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $39 Million
Dollars to charity. In this project, I try to reach people randomly from
different sources and modes so as to touch lives from different angles,
Hence you are getting a message here.

You have been listed as one of the lucky recipients to receive $1 Million
Dollars. This donation is made out to you so to enable you strengthen
your personal issues and mostly to generously help us extend hands of giving
to the less privileged, orphans and charity organizations within your

Should you wish to verify, below are links to that effect.

You are required to get back to me on how to receive the donation on this


Remain Blessed.
Judy Finchum

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