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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: Douglas Cummings <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 05:08:41 +0300

Hello,My Name Is Douglas Cummings From California, United States. I
Won $22,000,000 Last Year On The United States Mega Millions Lottery.
I currently have A Fixed Deposit Account with A Local Bank in Ukraine
Called "Kredit Bank" which receives a fixed monthly Deposit of
$1,000,000 USD

As i speak to you right now, the Lord revealed to me in my dream last
night that i should give out this account. I randomly found your email
on Google so i have selected this Email to be the new owner of this
account which my bank will be handing over to you legally with
documentations to show as proof.

I am a honest Man who has the Fear Of God. So Before we proceed
further, i want you to be informed that In order for you to opearate
this account, It has to be activated with An Activation Code($1000)
That Has to be purchased from The Central Bank.

If you agree to this terms, please reply to this email NOW!

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