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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: "Microsoft- Inc." <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 23:26:02 +0100
Subject: Notification Email.


Your e-mail address has won $2million for 2021 Microsoft Award. Serial
numbers MDB/002 0869958/09 Contact (ADVOCATE FRANKLIN EDWARD)
immediately; through his email address ( or
phone number +27736394004 and forward him your Winning
No.(19-45-87-36-76-38(77), to redeem your winning prize, All
participants were selected randomly from Worldwide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 email addresses
of companies and Individuals.

Dr. Elizabeth Henning.

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