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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: "Mr. Richard Wahl" <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 02:05:09 +0100
Subject: Compliment of the season!!

Dear Winner,

I am Mr. Richard Wahl, the mega winner of $533M In Mega Millions lottery
jackpot. I'm 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 have voluntarily decided to
donate the sum of $2 Million USD to you as one of the selected 5, to verify
my winnings please see my YouTube. website page below.


$533 Million Jackpot Winner Revealed: Modest Mega Millionaire Richard Wahl
Richard Wahl recently moved to New Jersey from Michigan and has only played
the lottery a few times before winning the $533 million Mega Millions
lottery jackpot.


Reply with the DONATION CODE to this email: {} the
only fee you will pay to my personal assistant to release the money to you
is $100 and he will send it to you through ATM CARD or CASHIER CHECK.

Contact my personal Assistant
Name: Mr. Milton Raul

Hope to make you and your family happy.

Mr. Richard Wahl

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