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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: Official transfer <>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2021 10:05:19 +0100
Subject: M.T.C.N

Hello Beneficiary.

Please note:I will be sending M.T.C.N to you,for first payment of
$5000,You will be receiving the fund bit by bit until total fund worth
of $6.5 Million is completely transferred, this is to avoid
unquestionable answer from your government,so i need your beneficiary
residential address,such as your receivers name and your country/
state,city, your mobile number and whats`app number including your
passport I`D if available.

You will be receiving the fund bit by bit until your total fund worth
of $6.5 Million is completely transferred

Await your earliest reply.

Dennis Frank
Phone +22964123886

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