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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: " Michael Green" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 14:17:23 +0100
Subject: Compliments of the season to you and members of your family.

Compliments of the season to you and members of your family.

Attn Beneficiary:

The United Nation have approved a compensation payment of $5,750,000.00 USD
Already the sum of $75,000 (seventy five thousand US dollars) has been issued an ATM to you

for the inconvenience, It is my pleasure to officially inform you that your name was on the list of those Who Was scammed

victims And was compensated by United Nation.

You are directed to contact the account officer in charge Mr Michael Green; via email;

1.Your Full names.....
2.Your Address.............
3.Your whats App number................
4.Your e-mail..........
5.Your Country.......................

Best regards,
From Michael Green

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