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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: "j. Feeney" <>
Date: Sat, 02 Jan 2021 10:34:23 -0800
Subject: masz darowizne w wysokosci 1 800 000,00 $

Czesc, nazywam sie Joseph Feeney, masz darowizne w wysokosci 1 800 000 USD. Zwróc uwage, ze wygralem loterie Powerball o wartosci 22 milionów dolarów w dniu 23 czerwca 2020 roku, jako wdziecznosc Bogu, przekazalem czesc 5 szczesliwym ludziom i 10 domom charytatywnym na calym swiecie jako mój wklad podczas tej 19 Twój adres e-mail zostal wybrany jako szczesliwy zwyciezca. Skontaktuj sie z nami, aby uzyskac wiecej informacji na ten temat.

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