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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 19:37:52 +0200
Subject: $18,991,674 USD.

Hello,my name is Chang puchen,a financial advisor to Diego Slazar, a multim=
illionaire. Can I TRUST you to send $ 18,991,674? Contact me with no proble=
m for more information To be honest,I need trust an=
d respect for one another in this transaction and I promise you that you wi=
ll not regret making this transaction with me . In response to your interes=
t in supporting this deal and working with me, I will give you the full det=
ails and how to proceed. Kind regards, Chang puchen.

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