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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: Promotion <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 11:58:22 +0200
Subject: Unclaimed money



We happily announce to you the draw of the MOBILE MERIT TELECOM 2021
lottery online programs held recently to alleviate poverty and for Covid
19 relief. Your e-mail address attached, to ticket number: 694 75600541
721 with Serial number: 886/21 drew the lucky numbers:09-6-2-25-11-19,
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You are
therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of 9500,000,00. in cash
credited to file PFD/9080115322/98.

This year's Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for MOBILE MERIT
Lottery, The estimated 110 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in
MOBILE MERIT TELECOM history .The biggest was the 363 million jackpot that
went to two winners in a May 2020 drawing of The Big Game, Mega Millions'
predecessor. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our
World wide booklet and our representative as indicated in the
electronic play coupon. In view of this, your 9500,000.00 would be
released to you after proper protocols by our claim agent has been
followed by you. Our agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact .

All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through
computer draw system . To file for your claim, contact Mrs. Elizabeth
Botha On:. Tel;/What sap +27781804770 or contact the assistant on:

Mr Johnson Maxwell (. Uk Gaming Commission)


For an online transfer, send the following:

1. Your full names.

2. Your ticket number:

3. Your residential , official address and country:

4. Telephone number and email address..

5. Date of birth

United Kingdom,
Tel/What sap: +447903696207

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