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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: Mrs Shalla Bruce <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:20:30 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY

My Dearest Friend

Your $6.5Millions USD under our custody which your first payment of
Us$25000.00 will been transferred, you have to contact Barrister
Mr.John Bruce Hall the Money Gram Manager and ask him to give you the
details of the payment once you reconfirmed him your details ASAP.

1Your First Name..........
2Your Second Name.........
3Your Country...........
4Your City..............
Home Address: Occupation: Cell Phone Country: Age:
Managing Director Mr John Bruce,
Whats app Phone:Mobile:+22969457865
Email ;address ;

Contact .Mr.John Bruce, immediately through his above email address to
give you Sender Name & Question and Answer to pick up your money today
and let me know when you confirm it all.i am Sorry if you received
this letter in your spam, is due to recent connection
error here in the country.
Thanks for your patient and cooperation.
Mrs. Angela Maiga

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