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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:

Date: Mon, 03 May 2021 14:28:51 +0100
Subject: Ms Maris Anderson,

Greetings and good news from WhatsApp family. You have won a prize of GBP6.2Million!!

We wish to inform you that your email address have won a prize of £6,200,000.00 (Great British Pounds Sterling) =$8,701,075.00 United States Dollars from WhatsApp Awareness Lottery Draw recently conducted here in the UK in conjunction with the UK, Philippines and Greece Lottery Commissions.

For claims and payment, please forward the followings to: +30 698 035 8191 (WhatsApp only).
1: Your full name
2: Full address
3: Age
5: Marital status
6: Profession/Job
7: Winning Ticket Number
8: Serial number
9: Our WhatsApp number +30 698 035 8191
10: Have you won a lottery before?
11: You must open a WhatsApp number in case don't have one before.

Upon receipt of the above mentioned details-1 to 11, we shall raise a cheque of the won amount in your name.

Yours faithfully ,
Ms Maris Anderson,
Secretary, WhatsApp Lottery,UK.


1: Winning Ticket No: WHSP/CV/67/2020
2: Serial No: WHPLT/CV19/20/21.
3: Country: .....
4: Amount won: GBP6.2 Million
5: Our contact numbers are : +30 698 035 8191
(WhatsApp only) and +44 745 205 8058 call and sms only no WhatsApp
6: Please not that WhatsApp Inc. is not a lottery company therefore, we are not allowed by law to advertise this lottery by any medium whatsoever.So whatever advert you may see anywhere is not from WhatsApp, so be warned and
7: Also note that your personal information as demanded is safe, confidential, cannot be shared and will only be used for your cheque procurement and postage and most importantly, will be discarded immediately after this promo

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