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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: Rotary Club Intl-Varco oil Dubai <>
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 19:56:02 +0000
Subject: File to claim your covid Business accredited fund

Dear Beneficiary

We hereby notify you that you are among the lucky beneficiary of the
just concluded online international Rotary club covid-19 small business
support program which was financed by Varco oil company Dubai and
conducted by Rotary club international in conjunction with several email
providers and online marketing platform in choosing the lucky winners
anonymously. The sum of $1,000,000.00 United States Dollars has
been awarded to you. Here is the claim form, kindly open the document
via OneDrive for business and fill out your details to claim your
accredited fund. ,


and sign in with your email to access the secure document page

Here is the disbursing agent contact details in case you have any
further follow up inquiry you would like to make.
Name: Agent Earle Fain
Phone Number : +1 201 350 8834

Congratulation once more.
Rotary Club International-Varco Dubai

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