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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. Marie Jorg" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:26:05 +0000
Subject: Fund Donation For Humanitarian Purposes

How are you today and your family? I am Mrs. Marie Jorg from Germany.

I am a philanthropist and investor, I engaged and committed myself in
the raising and donating of humanitarian funds to organizations and

My purpose of contacting you is to donate the amount of €1,000,000
[One Million Euro] to you. You will use the fund to help disabled
people, low-income families, orphaned, and widows. I want you to
handle and implement this humanitarian project in your country.

Kindly reply me immediately for full details about my noble donation
for humanitarian purposes.

Extend my warm regards to your family.

Best Regards
Mrs. Marie Jorg [Hamburg Germany.]

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