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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: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:36:42 +0200
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Hallo=2C_Sie_haben_eine_Spende_von_=E2=82=AC_2=2E000=2E000=2C00?=

I'm Tayeb Souami, 55-year-old an elderly citizen of New Jersey, USA. I won a $315.3 million jackpot, On behalf of my family and act of good will, we are donating to you and your family the sum of (€ 2,000,000.00 EUR) I try to reach the public charity orphanages. Contribute to poverty reduction and ensure adequate health care for individuals. I also want you to invest part of this donation in public infrastructure to provide jobs for unemployed citizens in your country.You can Watch me on youtube Claimed I choose you because I believe in you. I need your full cooperation regarding this donation. Please contact me back here at my private email:

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