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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 15:08:21 +0900 (JST)
Subject: [Clube_Esfera] - Voce tem 35 mil pontos a expirar em 31/05/2021 - [13371953] - (75107)






Prezado Cliente,

Você tem um saldo de 35 Mil Pontos acumulados em seu Cartão de Crédito do Programa de Pontos [Santander_Esfera] a expirar em 31/05/2021, para resgatar seus pontos, clique abaixo e solicite o resgate agora mesmo, de acordo com sua opção desejada em mais de 2 mil ítens disponíveis em nosso catálogo online de  produtos e serviços de nossos parceiros. 



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