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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: Frances <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 00:59:34 +0900 (JST)

Dear Friend,

I Frances and my wife Patrick Connolly are the winners of the £115 Million EuroMillions jackpot draw on 1 January 2019 and to avoid fraudulent alerts, check out our interview by visiting the BBC News below.

My wife and I have decided to give a US$10.5Million donation payment each to Three lucky individual around the world and your name and email address is among those listed for payment.

Please for more information about your donation fund US$10.5 Million sign today, respond is required if you are interested for claim with your private phone numbers, Full Name and Home Address for easier communication at ( )

Best regards.
secretary James Gerry

Signal / Approval
Mr. Frances and Patrick Connolly
the winner of Letest
Result of the Euro Millions jackpot 2019.

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