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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: Global Internet Network <>
Date: 10 Sep 2021 02:14:40 +0000


This is to inform you that your E-mail Address was selected among our lucky winner to receive
€4.800.000.00 (FOUR MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO) in the ongoing Global Internet Network Award
Prize Promo on Covid 19.

Global Internet Network announces you as one of the 80 lucky winners in the ongoing 2020 Global
Internet Network Award on COVID-19 and this is to inform you that your E-mail Address was selected
among our lucky winner to receive €4.800.000.00 in cash credited to file with lucky numbers 13-85-22-

You have approved to receive your prize of €4.800.000.00 in cash credited to file with lucky numbers

Your fund is now deposited with our paying centre Reale seguros Madrid Spain.

So you are advice to contact Mrs María Josefa Cruz Ríos the President of Reale seguros Madrid Spain
with the following

Contact email =
Contact email =
Contact telephone = +34631587016

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
Congratulations once again from all our members of staff for being a part of our International
promotions program.

Best Regards.
Claims Agent
Mr. Alfonso Leon Lopez.
Global Internet Network Award.
Contact email =
Contact email =

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