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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. David Kenneth" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 13:56:02 +0100
Subject: This is to inform you that your $25.5M USD will be send to you via
Money Gram transfer.

I hereby wish to inform you that we have processed your payment of
$25,500,000 Millions

and your will be receiving $10,000 through money gram on daily basics.
Please write down the receiver's real and

correct name:------

This money will be transferred to any name provided to this financial
institution where

these funds are deposited as your real compensation through united
nation office

temporarily within a short time after the fundamental procedures must have been

concluded. Contact the money gram on this

The director name Mr. David Kenneth

Address: 65 5th Ave, New York, NY 50003, United State
TEL+1 (310) 307-2014
Hours: Open 24 hours

My name is Rev Sister Elizabeth Harry from united nation office

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