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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: nancyviola <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2021 12:31:14 -0700

My Dear How are you?
it's me Nancy Viola.The Homemaker that won Mega Millions jackpot of
US$169 millions at New York Lottery office Jun 30th 2016 and to avoid
fraudulent notice, see my interview by visiting the link bellow:

We just started world charitable donation campaign as we will be
giving a donation sum of Nine Million six Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars each to improve the life of three Lucky individuals
from any part of the world. Your email address was submitted to us by
the Google management teams in collaboration with microsoft as a
web-mail User and you're among those listed to receive donation
payment sum of US$9.6 Million and also to improve the lives of other
individuals around your community through the help of Wells Fargo Bank

According to the arrangements we signed, the Chief Executive Officer
and President of Wells Fargo Bank New York will be contacted as soon
as your draft check worth US$9.6 Million is ready to enable them send
you the payment through bank to bank wire transfer to any of your bank
account information you may provide to them. Therefore, you will
contact the bank CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER yourself.Once you receive
this email, reply me to provide you with the bank contact details for
you to contact the bank to enable quick release of the donation
payment to you because bank is always engage with many customers and
bank business.

If you receive this notification for the first time, your DONATION
CODE is:[NANCY+2018/GIFT/Gi11JS5E] make sure you attach it in your
email whenever you're contacting the bank Chief Financial Officer. I
wait for your reply so I can give you the bank contact
details.Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,

Good Luck and spend wisely.
Mrs. Nancy Viola

Homemaker wins Mega Millions jackpot. please watching her,,a homemaker from Staten
Island, has come forward to claim the $169 million Mega Millions
jackpot. Video by Nancy Viola,

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