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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: savannah brooke <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 12:32:55 +0200
Subject: Greetings

My name is savannah brooke I have ($900.000 us dollars) in the bank in
Cote d'Ivoire
from my late husband and i want to donate it to you as a dying kidney woman
who have no child.
I want you to contact me back so that my lawyer will made arrangement
for you to recieve your total funds of 900,000 us dollars through
money order like western union or moneygram 5000 us dollars daily
untill you recieve all your 900.000 us dollars. So get back to me with
your reciever name and address,phone and id
With Regards
savannah brooke

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