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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: "FaceBook" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 01:55:08 -0700
Subject: Kindly forward below details to: Contact Person: Mr. David Wehner

We (Facebook Lottery Team) proudly announce! that your E-MAIL ACCOUNT
has been luckily selected among the Three lucky winners who has won
the sum of $5,000,000.00 USD in the Beginning of the year 2020,
Facebook lottery automatic random selection. Your winning pin is 00545
188 564756. Note you are to keep your pin confidential for security

Kindly forward below details to:
Contact Person: Mr. David Wehner,
Tel: +447012987065
(**) Your Full names:
(**) Your Telephone Number
(**) Your Contact address:
(**) Your Occupation:
(**) Your Country:
(**) Your Age & Sex:
(**) And your lucky number above:

Facebook Department
Mr Marc Andreessen

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