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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: Mrs Mirna Damary <>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 05:29:00 -0700


The 2020 COVID-19 CHARITY Compensation $7,500,000 Million

You have been selected to distribute the 2020 COVID-19 CHARITY
donation to the less privileged people within your world health
organisation affected by the pandemic compensation $7,500,000 Million
united state American dollars will transfer okay.

Contact Rev. TONY MIKE, urgently for further direction on distributing
the funds to the the country and your fund will getting to you,this
is Email: ( ) to contact to starting transfer
you $7000 usd from your total fund without any delay and take note
delaying this message is very dangerous to fake people not steal your
fund $7,500,000 Million.The 2020 COVID-19 CHARITY Compensation
$7,500,000 Million

Contact to enable your (1 digit number ) releasing to you pick up your
$7000 usd with this ( available MTCN 323-253-901* ) and call Rev Tony
Mike her Telephone number: +22962067151 and send message to give you
(1 digit number ) to pick up your First Payment $7000 soon as
you send your information s to releasing (1 digit number ) to pick up
your First Payment $7000 today

Money Transfer Control Number (M.T.C.N):323-253-901*
Sender's Name:-------------Mirna Damary
Text Question:--------------- In God
Answer: --------------- We Trust
Amount Sent=$7000 USD

You must send us your details provided by receive the $7000 usd
through Western Union or Money Gram immediately you send us your
required information.

Receiver Name=======
Your Address======
Your Country======
Your Telephone No ========
Your ID ========

Mrs Mirna Damary
Social Services Department

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