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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: john David <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 00:19:15 -0700
Subject: Attention +1(230)260_3918


Following the instruction to pay all scam victims $10.5 Million each by IMF
through Money Gram service, we wish to inform you that your email
address was one of the lucky ones to receive this prize. You will be
receiving $5000 daily until the whole amount is completely transferred
to you, today we have already sent you $5000, but make sure that there
is no mistake; the reference information cannot be forwarded now until
you confirm the following:

1. Name
2. Address
4. Occupation
5. Age

The above information should be directed to Text : DAVID also include this transaction

secret code: MGX678G. Note: Your file will expire after 7 days if
there is no response, then we will not have any option than to return
your fund to IMF as unclaimed.Your swift response will enhance our
service, thanks for your co-operation

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