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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 21:23:21 -0800
Subject: =?utf-8?q?F=C3=BCr_dich_und_deine_Familie?=

Grüße dich,

Mein Name ist Richard wahl $ 533 Millionen Powerball Gewinner am 30. März 2018. Mein Jackpot war ein Geschenk Gottes an mich, daher spendet meine gesamte Familie / Stiftung $ 600.000,00 USD an Sie und Ihre Familie.
Kontaktieren Sie mich unter: für weitere Informationen und nehmen Sie dieses Zeichen als Geschenk Gottes an Ihre Familie an.
!! Keine Zahlung bei der Inanspruchnahme meiner Spende.

Lesen Sie mehr:

Richard Wahl Stiftung

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