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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: Mr Douglas Mohamed <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 09:00:27 +0100

GOOD NEWS. This message is coming from United Nation in UK????. Am
hereby to inform you about your fund total £15.5Million, from United
Nation. i am your diplomatic agent Mr Mohamed Douglas by Name, i left
United Kingdom???? Last week, am currently at
Midway Chicago International Airport United States of America
get Back to me with your full names and address today for a safe
delivery of your fund in a consignment box, reconfirm the following
info below to me.
i wait your response.

Your full name....
Yourphone number.....
Delivery address........
Nearest Airport ........
Country and States..
email address
Thanks and God bless you
Best Regard
Mr Douglas Mohamed

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