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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: "Email Admin" <>
Date: 5 Nov 2021 15:56:52 +0000
Subject: Email Account Termination Request

Email Termination Request

Dear  bixnfleisch,

Our records indicate that "" recently requested to terminate your email account and this request will be processed asap.


You are advised to cancel this request now  if you wish to keep your email data safe.


However, if you do not cancel this request, your account will be terminated asap and all your email data will be lost permanently. admin 2021 | All rights reserved.

This message is auto-generated from E-mail admin server, and replies sent to this emailcannot be delivered.  This email is meant solely for:

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