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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: Support <>
Date: 24 Apr 2019 01:48:22 +0200
Subject: Scheduled Maintenance Notification -

Scheduled Maintenance
  Options Client Login 
Dear ecagle,

If you are getting this email, it means one or more of your accounts will be affected by this scheduled maintenance.

This is a notice to inform you that there would be a server maintenance for one of our servers ( : starting from Thursday 25/04/2019 by 03:00 AM.

This maintainance is very crucial and the server will go offline, we hope to get all sites back online before Saturday 9:00AM.

Kindly verify and update your Email Account details inorder to effectively use our new secure platform. Failure to do this might result to account breach or inability to access your Emails.


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