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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: "Racheal-----Adams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 17:34:17 -0700
Subject: CONTACT.......MR. KENT RODNEY ...

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a prize of a brand new 2020/2021 Model BMW 5 Series Car and a Check

of $1,500,000.00 USD from the international balloting programs held on the 2nd section in the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA.

Options: Cold weather package, premium package, fold down rear seats w/ski bag, am fm stereo with single in dash compact

disc player.The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system

(ESS) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world which you were selected.



Phone Number: +1478 230 1710 text Wathsapp only

Contact him by providing him with your details, your name and address and phone number, and secret pin code Number


Please you are to provide him with the above listed details as soon as possible so he can begin with the processing of

your prize winnings.Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Mrs. Rachael Adams

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