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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: augustine omoregbe <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 07:06:53 -0800
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Spende_in_H=C3=B6he_von_4=2E800=2E000=2C00_EURO?=

Guten Tag, Sie haben eine Spende in Höhe von 4.800.000,00 EURO, ich
habe die Amerika-Lotterie im Wert von 40 Millionen US-Dollar in
Amerika gewonnen und beschlossen, einen Teil davon an fünf glückliche
Menschen und Wohltätigkeitsorganisationen zum Gedenken an meine
verstorbene Frau zu spenden, die an Krebs gestorben ist. Kontaktieren
Sie mich für weitere Details unter: siegreich, also kontaktieren Sie
mich dringend für Reklamationen:

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