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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: "Ms, Frances & Patrick" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2021 16:56:26 -0800
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Congratulations=2C_For_Your_=C2=A3_3=2E000=2E000=2C00_Million_Po?=

Dear, Kindly accept Our Donation of this Amount £3,000.000,00

Merry Christmas Dear. Beneficiary, We contacted social media and the
major online platform to identify random people with your email
address selected as a benefactor. We sincerely ask you to be our
correspondent to reach other victims near you by helping with food and
drugs and other less privileges to make a living with part of this
donation. Below you will find a link to our press review of our
winning videos and the winning presentation.

To claim your donation, please provide me with the following
information for review before transferring the donation.

your name:
your family name:
your phone number:

and your bank account details of the account with which you would like
to receive the donation.

Mrs. Frances Connolly.

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