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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: COVID-19 <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 05:00:02 -0700
Subject: European Union covid-19 economic and financial assistance program. 19

Dear Beneficiary, Ref : Code ( #213-145-45A7E)

This email is to notify you that you have received a GLOBAL COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER GRANT from the United nations / European Union covid-19 economic and financial assistance program. Powered by visa And master card for individuals, businesses, profit and non profit organisations. Homeowners and renters.

You're to get back to us via email with the following information, so that we can speed up, calculate and remit your GRANT/ financial stimulus Package to you through any requested means of choice given to us by you.


1) Your Full Name==========
2) Your Residential Address=======
3)Your Postal Address===========
4) Your Phone And Fax Number=======
5)Your E-mail address============
6)Your Occupation=============
7)Your Official Age============
8)Your Photograph============
9)Your Country=============

Remember to resend your reference code back as This is very important for us to be able to Process this grant.

However, Kindly contact Adams Chambers Executive Co-ordinator through is E:-mail....{ }OR { }

Your's Faithfully,

Executive Co-ordinator
Committee (GCVEIDG)

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