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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. Shalla william" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 13:18:49 +0100
Subject: WhatsApp or call Tel:+22951359617

Attention Beneficiary,

Your first payment of $25,000.00 USD was released today, We have
deposited the Bank Cheque of your funds $2.5Million United State
Dollars) through Money Gram after our finally meeting regarding your
funds, All you will do is to contact Money Gram Director .Mr.Johnson
Ben ,He will give you more direction on how you will be receiving the
funds daily.

Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as:
(1Your First Name..........
2Your Second Name.........
3Your Country...........
4Your City..............
I.D Card:
Contact: Mr.Johnson Ben ,
WhatsApp or call +22951359617.
Email.. (

Though Barrister Mr. David Bruce who is in-charge to send the $25,000.
00 USD in your name today So contact their Director .Mr.Johnson Ben
as soon as you receive this email or call him +22951359617 tell him to
give you the Reference numbers, to pick the $25,000. 00 USD Please let
us know as soon as you

received all your funds, Thank you.

Best regard
Mrs. Shalla william

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