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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: Klaus Rosenfeld <>
Reply-To: Klaus Rosenfeld <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 10:21:26 -0500 (COT)
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?Kontakt_f=C3=BCr_Reklamationen?=

Hi there,
I am Klaus Rosenfeld,I am a German entrepreneur, investor and Chief Executive Officer of the SCHAEFFLER Group, I am the SCHAEFFLER Group's owner of my wealth in charities and 20 private individuals.Klaus Rosenfeld promised to donate 25 percent of my wealth to 15 people and I will donate € 2,500,000 each. Together we can make the world a better place.Do not hesitate to contact ASAP immediately if you would like to claim your donated money.Contact by email: klausrosenfeldcharity@gmail.comThank you very much,
Mr. Klaus Rosenfeld

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