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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: "Dr Galbraith Sajida" <>
Reply-To: "Dr Galbraith Sajida" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:31:35 +0900

Hello Sir/Madam, We are pleased to notify you,that your email was official=
ly selected by the Board of The United Nations Human Settlements Program, a=
s one of the recipients of the sum of =A32,700,000.00 (two million, Seven h=
undred thousand Pound Sterling's) to you as part of the Grant/Donation for =
Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation Scheme. Contact attorney for more D=
etails Barr. Hernandez. L. Dalvin Best Regar=
ds Dr. Maimunah Mohd Sharif For: UNHSP UNHSP (2020)

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