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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: Sun, 16 Aug 2020 18:10:07 +0100
Subject: From Stephanie Morris.

Hi there!
My name is Stephanie Morris, writing from Abu Dhabi - UAE. Here's an opportunity for you, Our investors have embraced financial globalization and are keen to expand their investment to other countries.

I felt it reasonable to extend salutations to you and a great honor if you will be added to our outstanding list of clients who are seeking a long or short term personal or business loan.

The procedures are very simple and the opportunities are very open but on a first come, first served basis. For more details, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Stephanie Morris.

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