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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:

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 20:03:02 +0800
Subject: hello

Hi, =


Congratulations from the Azim Premji Philanthropies Foundation-India, where=
life changing opportunities and cash are given-out on a daily basis! Due t=
o the outbreak of the Pandemic corona Virus However, We are pleased to info=
rm you that you are one (1) of the lucky people to benefit and receive $1,0=
00,000.00USD from our foundation's ongoing goodwill to help start over and =
make good use of it to help your family and community

Is this message sent to a valid e-mail account? Your email account was rand=
omly selected to receive a cash donation of $1,000,000.00USD from the Phila=
nthropist. If this is a valid e-mail account, then click reply to contact u=
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