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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. Greek Tenns" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <"Mr. Greek Tenns" <>>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 22:06:37 +0200
Subject: DEAR SIR

Dear: Beneficiary,

My name is Mr. Greek Tenns, head of the United Nations on Covid19 palliative. I am writing to inform you that $2.5M (TWO MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY) have been approved for you by the United Nations Governing Council.

On this note, you are required to forward to me your personal data information as stated below for immediate processing and payment.

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Mobile Number
5. Age:
6. Occupation:
7. A copy of your identification I.D:

Upon receipt of the above information, we shall commence with your payment process and payment will be made to you within 72 Hours.

Mr. Greek Tenns.

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