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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: Mavis Wanczyk <>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 23:43:33 -0800
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Hello Beneficiary,

I'm Mrs. Mavis Wanczyk, the mega winner of $758 Million in Mega
Millions Jackpot, I am donating to 5 random individuals if you get
this email then your email was selected after a spin ball. I have
spread most of my wealth over a number of charities and
organizations.I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $17.5
Million USD to
you as one of the selected 5, to verify my winnings via YouTube page below.



Please reply with the DONATION CODE along with your account details
where your donation fund will be send. And kindly note that the payout
policy allows you to receive this donation via bank to bank transfer
to your personal account, or in the form of atm debit card in your
name delivered to your address. Kindly choose one of the available
options and get back to me so that your donation fund can be send to

Option 1: Via ATM debit card

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Telephone:

Option 2: Via bank to bank transfer

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Telephone:
Bank Name:
Bank Address:
Account Number:
Account Name:
Swift Code:

Hope to make you and your family happy.

Mrs. Mavis L. Wanczyk

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