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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: Apostles Foundation <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 22:07:39 -0700

Dear beloved,

You have been selected to receive a financial support of $120,000
issued by Apostle Foundation. This Financial support is part of
Apostle Foundation humanitarian and philanthropic contribution to
individuals and companies during this period of covid 19 pandemic
crises. This gesture is to enable the beneficiaries get back to
business and live a normal life again. For more details kindly contact
us through the email below:

God bless you.

Mr. Regis Cochefert Director: Grants and Program

Apostles Foundation

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