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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: Prince Harry <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 01:50:04 +0100
Subject: Good day

Good day and happy new year, Am Prince Henry Charles Albert David,
Duke of Sussex England. I'm into Orphanage home helping the less
privileged ones all over the world but now I will like to invest in
your country with the some of GBP £40 Million British Pound I'm
seeking for your assistance to receive the funds until I come over to
meet with you, This money was given to me by the British Red Cross
Lesotho Fund, I'm contacting you based on trust all I need from you is
your cooperation, honest and confidential, after you receiving the
funds 25% will be taking as your own share, 5% for every expenditure,
while the remaining 70% for me, but my question is; "Can I Trust
you"?,Because I'm a very very busy person, please reply for more
details if you are interested.

Thanks and God bless.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex.

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