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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: Magret Jones <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 13:18:27 +0100
Subject: Hello dear

Hello dear

I hereby to inform you about fund accredited in Visa Card by your name
including pin code number for withdrawal.

send us here your informations, full name, country, date of birth,
telephone number,
marital status, next of kin and  scan copy of your identity card .

As soon as we receive all the required informations from you then bank
is going to authorized accredited the fund immediately in your name
without any confiscated.

You charge sum amount of 6.5million dollars only .

for more details.

miss magret jones

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