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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, 3 Jan 2022 07:55:27 +0100
Subject: Attn Beneficiary

From Mrs Tracy Biden
I am Mrs, Tracy Biden and I am written to inform you about your Bank Check
Draft brought by United Embassy from the government of United States of
America to the white house Washington DC and has been mandated to be
deliver to your home
address,being 10th Friday, 2021 as soon as you get back to me with
your below information.

1. Full Names :
2. Residential Address :
3. Mobile Number:
4. Fax Number :
5. Occupation :
6. Sex :
7. Age :
8. Monthly income.
9. Country :
10. Marital Status :

Your check is containing the sum of $25 million USD.
Here is my email i
prefer sms because I'm always busy in the white house and i can"t be able to
pick calls all the time.
I will be waiting to hear from you immediately, thanks and God bless you.

Thanks and be bless from Mrs.Tracy Biden .

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