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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Covid19 Donation <>"@LAUDAEDITORA.LOCAL
Date: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 23:32:00 +0200
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Meine_Spende_f=C3=BCr_Covid19?=


My name is Sofia Guang Caleb. I am the wife of Peter Caleb a German who lives in China with me but we did not have any children.He is a company director here in Wuhan China.I am in hospital suffering from covid 19 (corona virus).I am in the intensive care unit and the doctor told me that I may not survive.My husband died of covid 19 and his wish before he died is to help other people affected by covid19 and invest in the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help stop the spreading of the Covid19 virus.

However, I came across your details on the internet while searching for a reliable person to help me to achieve my husband wish by helping people affected by covid19 and invest in your country.It will be in my interest to transfer this fund worth $5,000,000.00 (Five million dollars) in a bank account for you to support the people affected by Covid19 in your country and invest the rest.Can you be of help? If you are interested and ready to help please contact our financial officer so that she can guide you through to receive the money .See her contact details below:

Name Shen Yaung

Company -Lexin Financial Consultant

Direct phone: +86 755 3637 8008

Address-26th Floor No. 3099 Keyuan South Road Nanshan District
Shenzhen 518052

Best Regards

Sofia Guang Caleb

Luen Yick Mfg Co Ltd Wuhan China
10/F Flat F Block 2, Kings-ford Ind'L
Building 26-32

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