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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: Simon Clarke <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 00:06:52 -0800
Subject: Attention Email ID Owner

Do you authorized Andrew Cotton to contact US US Department Treasurer
to make a claim of your Unpaid funds $10,5 Million dollars, just
because you were suffering from Corona-Virus disease and you don't
think you can make it alive again to receive the fund?

Due to his complaint we concluded to hear from you second time before
proceeding with him as your next of kin. If you really want to claim
your Fund contact the Representative director in charge of your
payment Mr. Roland Johnson Via or +1

Forward your full Address information below
Your Full Name:==
Your Country:====
Your Home Address:====
Your Telephone No:====
Your Nearest airport:==

Mr. Simon Clarke
Chief Secretary To The US Department Treasurer

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