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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: Kristalina Georgieva <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 02:01:54 -0700
Subject: Urgent Attention..


We have Finally Re-directed your payment fund $4.5 Million Dollars
today to Wells Fargo BANK and now you have to Contact them because
they are incharge of making online Transfer for you which you will be
able to received it within 4days
banking service.

Full Name:
Home Address:
Valid Phone number:
Country/State United
banking full details

Online Banking ( Bank To Bank Transfer) This option will enable you
process this transfer that will enable you get access to your account
Wells Fargo BANK
Banker Perimeter Center Branch
Wells Fargo
Atlanta, GA, USA
via Wells Fargo
Your Sincerely
Mrs Linda Thomas Greenfield
(502) 519 0014

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