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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: " Support" <>
Date: 20 Jan 2021 12:42:24 -0800
Subject: You Have (8) Incoming Messages Pending Message Undelivered.

 Dear  bixnfleisch  ,

You have 8 undelivered messages that wasn't delivered to you < as
of JAN 19, 2021 because you have exceeded your storage limit. you're unable to receive mail with an attached file above 100kb.

Click here to < Release to inbox : Send the message to your  inbox.

Click here to < Verify [-email-] : To prevent your account from being shutdown

Failure to upgrade will bring about  :

  • Loss of important emails
  • Delay in receiving emails
  • Account vulnerability to spam 
  • Immediate Account suspension

Note: This message was sent by  verification team. As you don't have to reply this message

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