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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: "500,000 euro" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:37:25 -0700
Subject: EUR 500,000.00

Hello mr / mrs,

My name is Rinat Akhmetov. I am a ukrainian billionaire Businessman,
oligarch and founder and president of System Capital Management in
Ukraine (Europe). You can read about me below.

I intend to give you a part (quarter) of my net worth of EUR
500,000.00 each to 4 people worldwide as part of our charity project.

When you have received my email, please send us your details (name,
country, telephone number, address, nationality, age, gender) so that
we can instruct our bank to transfer the amount of EUR 500,000.00 in
the hope of transferring it that this is the case. help yourself and
others too.

Confirmation email below
Email or reply to:
WhatsApp: +33758916831
Mr. Rinat Akhmetov.

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