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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: "Mr. Steven Russells" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:03:26 +0200
Subject: Hello: Kindly Go Through and Get Back.


Enfield Business Centre 101 North Road

Batch: 21/211/0333
Ref: BTL/311OXI/02

We happily announce to you the draw of the MOBI GRAND TELECOM 2021 lottery online programs held recently to alleviate poverty and for covid relief, Your e-mail address attached, to ticket number: 694 75600541 721 with Serial number: 886/21 drew the lucky numbers:01-6-2-13-35-17, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of 9500,000,00. in cash credited to file RPC/9080115322/44.

This year's Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for MOBI GRAND Lottery, The estimated 125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in MOBI GRAND TELECOM history .The biggest was the 363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2020 drawing of The Big Game, Mega Millions' predecessor. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our World wide booklet and our representative as indicated in the electronic play coupon. In view of this, your 9500,000.00 would be released to you after proper protocols by our claim agent has been followed by you. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact .

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. To file for your claim, please contact Mr Devon Lee. On:. Tel; +27825864912/ Fax; +27-(0) 86-5799-001 / Email:

Mr Edward Thompson ( British Gaming Commission)


For an online transfer, send the following:

1. Your full names.

2. Your ticket number:

3. Your residential , official address and country:

4. Telephone number and email address..

For cheque/bank atm card dispatch, send the following:

1.Your full names.

2.Your ticket number.

3. Address and Telephone no:

congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Mr S.Russells
Mobi Grand Zonal Coordinator .

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