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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Tomcrist" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 19:46:21 +0200
Subject: DONATION OF $2,000,000 TO YOU

I am directed to you after prayer to give you donation of $2,000,000 USD
for any business of your choice and improve life within your community,
I won the America lottery worth Forty Million USD Dollar and i am giving
a portion of it to five lucky people and charity homes this year in
memory of my late wife who died of cancer. Contact me for more details: cheers Tom crist.

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