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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: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:41:00 +0100

Amazon Headquarters 410 Terry Ave. N Seattle, WA 98109.
Chief Executive Officer of Amazon
Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos grant/donation Electronic Notification Service

My name is Jeffrey Preston Bezos born Jorgensen; January 12, 1964) I
am an American technology entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, and
the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon, the
world’s largest online retailer. On July 27, 2017, I became the
world’s wealthiest person when my estimated net worth increased to
just over $90 billion. my wealth surpassed $100 billion for the first
time on November 24, I was formally designated the wealthiest person
in the world by Forbes on March 6, 2018 with a net worth of $112
billion. The first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, I was
designated the “wealthiest person in modern history” after my net
worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018.

Scripture makes it clear that God blesses us not so we can live with
greed, but so we can bless others. God loves a cheerful giver. When He
sees that someone is giving freely out of love, God blesses them more.
We are blessed to be a blessing. When God blesses you financially,
don’t raise your standard of living. Raise your standard of giving.

I have decided to give USD $7,500.000.00 (Seven Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars) to randomly selected individuals
worldwide. On receipt of this text, you should count yourself as the
lucky individual. Your phone number was chosen online while searching
at random. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience with
below details, so I know your phone number is valid.
Full Name:
Mobile Number:

Jeff Bezos
kindly contact

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