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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: (sent from abused email account)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 18:40:34 +0200

I'm Sheryll Goedert from Florida ,the winner of a $396.9 million Powerball jackpot held on January 29,2020
This Winning is a blessing so we decided to give back to the society
which means we are officially notifying you that you have been
selected as one of the Beneficiaries of 2021 VACATION LIFE LLC Social
Responsibility Cash Aid Program.
Your e-mail address was randomly chosen by the Topaz Ballot System.
You have been awarded the sum of $600,000USD for charity and medical support.
Should you wish to verify, below are links to that effect.
I only hope you will be able to help others around you,contact my legal representative via
< > for more information on how to get the donated amount.

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