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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: "Mrs. Dorathy Man" <>
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2021 13:22:10 +0100
Subject: Congratulations


You are expected to contact (Mr.Paul Raju) for your compensation funds
of US$12.9, from World Bank Assisting Project (WBAP) to the entire
world for their current economic meltdown under The Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and your were lucky to be one of the
people awarded the payment.

kindly contact agent (Mr.Paul Raju) and demand for your valued ATM
Card parcel worth of US$12.9 million dollars so he will direct you on
how to claim your funds .

Contact: Agent mike
Email 1: (
Tel: +229 664807737,

You Are Required To Provide Him The Following Info:

Your Full Name:....................
Your Country:......................
your home Address..................
Nearest Airport........................
Your Direct Telephone...................

Indicate to him this code of conduct (Q2A1) while contacting him.

U.N Representative .
Mrs. Dorathy Man

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