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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: "Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2021 14:31:18 -0800
Subject: pick up the first $5000 today

This is to inform you that your $5.5 M USD will be send to you via western
union money transfer. The total amount mentioned above is with western
union out let and they will send the money via western union to you. Note
they will be sending $5000 every day to you.

Therefore i want you to email Mr.Paul Frank the western union supervisor
and ask him to give you the MTCN you need to pick up the first $5000
today.Call Mr.Paul Frank now and ask him to give you mtcn and every other
information you need to pick up your $5000 today. Here is what he may
require from you.

Your Receiver Name..........
text Question...............

Contact him now on this webmail address:
Contact person Mr.Paul Frank


Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva

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