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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, 11 Jan 2019 07:08:47 -0800
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam, We bring greetings to you . This message is sent to you as =
a notification that you have been chosen to benefit from our charity projec=
t aimed at touching lives and helping those that we can across the world as=
We have been blessed.My wife and I won the Powerball Jackpot of $528 Milli=
on Dollars on January 15, 2017 and we have voluntarily decided to donate th=
e sum of $300 Million Dollars to charity. In this project, we 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 donatio=
n is made out to you so to enable you strengthen your personal issues and m=
ostly to generously help us extend hands of giving to the less privileged, =
orphans and charity organizations within your locality. Should you wish to =
verify, below are links to that effect.
ed-john-robinson-lisa-robinson You are required to forward your particulars=
to us at: Remain Blessed. Lisa and Joh=
n Robinson

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