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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: "Kristalina Guterres" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2021 02:58:48 +0800
Subject: Congratulations!!!


We are happy to announce that you have won the US Powerball Online Lottery Award Prize of $1,810,000 (One Million Eight Hundred and Ten Thousand United States

Dollars). Your active e-mail address attached to a computer-generated ticket number: BG056076557002 with reference number UK/KA2CJTGGS has won US Powerball 2nd

category award prize.

Contact our Fiduciary Claim agent immediately to commence the release of your lottery prize by providing details as listed below.

1. Full Name:
2. Age/Occupation:
4. Phone Number:
5. Country:

Contact Person: Michael Mcveigh
Tel: +1-218-231-8661

IMPORTANT NOTE: This email address is not monitored. Please ensure that you contact Michael using the above-provided email address.

Thank you and Congratulation once again!

Yours faithfully,
Kristalina Guterres
(US Powerball online coordinator)

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