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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: "Email Administrator" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 23:49:05 -0800
Subject: NOTICE

Your email account has as exceeded its limit and needs to be verified, if not verified now, we shall suspend your account from receivingor sending mails. To make sure you are protected by the latest security updates. You are required to verify your mailbox to keep your account safe and continue using our services.

Click on the button below to verify your Email Account
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Note: Failure to Verify will lead to final termination of your email account. Please move to inbox for verification when seen in junk or spam
Technical Team
Email Administrator
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