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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: Mark <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 06:58:49 -0600
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary,

Please be informed that your long awaited compensation funds payment,
fifteen Million,Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars( $15.5M
Dollars only) has

finally been approved but it has also been brought to our notice that
a gentle man,named Micheal Hutapea has just forwarded a new bank
coordinates, claiming

that,he is your next of kin and that you are dead. Now, here comes the
big question:

Did you authorize the above mentioned person to claim your funds? Are
you truly dead or alive? Is Michael Hutapea your next of kin? If no,
kindly reconfirm

this information and get back to us with the below information for
verification as the wire will be done within 48hours from this notice:

Your name:

Current home


Telephone Number



We await your urgent response so that we can proceed with your payment.

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