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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: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 05:42:03 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS


Congratulations you have won $2,000,000.00 from the FIFA program, you were listed as a result of your email address that was selected due to your incoming and outgoing messages.

Kindly contact our agent with your winning reference numbers FIFA-44/902012. Prizes are to be paid out within a period of 2weeks upon verification.

Find below payment office details:

Contact Person:Mr. Desmond Roger

Tel: +27719403241

Provide the agent with the following details for processing and payment of your prize.

1.Name in full.
6.Phone No.
7.Present Country.
8.Fax [optional].

For security reasons your won prize was made bonded and instruction was given to the payment bank not to temper with the fund as it has to be paid to the beneficiary in full.

Congratulations once again.

From Lottery Co coordinators office Switzerland, do not be careless with your reference numbers.

Linda Donovan
Promotional Office

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