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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: "Tayeb Souami" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2019 01:56:12 -0800

Season's greetings,
  I am Tayeb Souami, June 2018 $315 Million Powerball Jackpot Lottery winner. I have deemed it necessary to donate the sum.
Of USD 1,000,000 to you, to show appreciation to God and Powerball for the opportunity I got in a lifetime. Mind you,
it is not a regular circulation neither did I make this public, it's the direct contribution from me to you to
To you by my financial adviser. However, for more insight and to receive this cash grant, please let me know if you except
my gift
Tayeb Souami.
Powerball Jackpot Winner.
for confirmation view this link
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, do not panic, that is because of the restrictions implemented

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