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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: Mark Zuckerberg <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 21:38:15 +0100
Subject: I Bring You Good News....15/10/2021

Congratulations Dear Lucky Winner,

We are very happy to inform you that your name appears among the winners of
Facebook lottery promotion and you have just won the Sum of $650,000.00,
U.S Dollars {Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand USD} Your Email was selected in
a raffle draw that was made In October 2021. Hence, we need your urgent
response so that we can proceed in processing the immediate release of your
winning funds to you with Ticket Number ES 7686605 Serial Number 6774-582
drew Lucky Numbers 7-16-98-22-20-45, which consequently won in this

Mr. Mark Zuckerberg the CEO of Facebook (Founder & Chief Executive Officer)
The promotion was made to make all Facebook users benefit from the gain, as
the company Facebook is the first and ever largest means of meeting both
old and new friends. The promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation
to visitors on our site and also to help people to fight off poverty and to
maintain some people's standard of living.

Note: This is 100% Real and Legal and any user of Facebook who is not
interested should not bother to reply and shouldn't reply with an abusive
word back to our Staff.

Your winning will be sent to you through certify Check/Draft. or Bank
transfer All winnings must be claimed not later than 18th October 2021.
After this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your
reference and numbers in your response if there is any change in email
address please contact us on time.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Edwin Connell
For: CDAA.

Facebook, Inc. 415 P.O Box 10005 Palo Alto CA 94303
Description above from the Wikipedia article Greg Holmes, licensed
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Mr. Mark Zuckerberg
CEO of Facebook

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