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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: "Mr.Marc Andreessen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 2019 17:33:27 +0200
Subject: *****Facebook Latest Result for You****

NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder,

that is because of the restrictions implemented by your

Internet Service Provider, we (Facebook Lottery Team) urge

you to treat it genuinely.
Your E-MAIL ACCOUNT has won the sum of $5,000,000.00USD

(Five Million United States Dollars) in the on-going

Facebook online award promo. Your Ticket number is 00545 188

564756. All participant were selected through a computer

random integrated system drawn in 27 million E-mail

addresses via the Internet and lucky winners do not have to

purchase any ticket to participate in this lottery program.

Forward your full details such as your name: telephone

number: age: sex and address for processing and payment of

your winning.
Kindly forward below details to:
Contact Person: Mr. David M. Wehner
======= Chief Financial Officer
1* E-mail:
2* E-mail:
Tel: +44-7053838236
*****Facebook Latest Result for You****
Your e-mail won our Jackpot, congratulation once more.

Yours in service,
Mr.Marc Andreessen
Facebook Lottery Facilitator.

Do not doubt this letter or disregard as we are ready to

give you attention until you receive your unbelievable Prize

Award from Facebook. Contact our verification office through

this mobile number; Tel: +1-650-543-4800

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