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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, 20 Aug 2019 02:59:04 -0700
Subject: congratulation!!!! congratulation !!!!


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:
Tel:+1 717 384-5991

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: +1 717 384-5991

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