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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: Worldwide Alert <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2022 11:40:05 -0800
Subject: HELLO


ATTN Scam Victims.
This is to inform you that Worldwide Scam Alert, in collaboration
with All online transaction Department have approved compensation of
$5.9 Million United States Dollars.
Any scam victims are instructed to contact with his or her information's
Many have been scam in listed below .
1) Online Dating .
2) online transaction.
3) scam by binary / forex trade .
Please contact with your information's.
Your name .
Your Country .
Direct WhatsApp number for easy communication.
Hope your update tonight .
Mr Pedro .
Director of Internet transaction

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