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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: Thu, 06 May 2021 21:18:22 +0200
Subject: $18,991,674 USD.

Dear Respectfully,

My name is Chen Chung, a financial advisor to Diego Slazar, a multi-millionaire. Can i TRUST you in transferring $18,991,674 USD. Without any trouble, contact me for more information please:

To be honest with you what I need in this transaction is trust and respect to each other and I promise you that you will not regret doing this transaction with me.

In respond to your interest to assist and work with me to champion this deal, i will forward you the full details and how it will be done.

Best Regards
Chen Chung

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