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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: Jason and Barbara Wood <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 15:20:41 +0300

My wife and I won the Mega Millions jackpot for $410 million USD on June
9, 2020 and we have voluntarily decided to donate the amount of 10M USD
for charity, we are trying to reach random people from various sources
and fashions to touch life from various angles, Therefore you get the
message here.

You have been registered as one of the lucky recipients to receive
$2,000,000.00 USD This donation is given to you allowing you to amplify
your personal problems and in large part to generously helping us reach
out to give to the less fortunate, orphans and charitable organizations
in your neighborhood locality

To verify

Get back to me on how to receive the donation

Thank you
Jason and Barbara Wood

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