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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 Jerry Smith
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 08:40:42 -0800
Subject: =?utf-8?B?5Z6D5Zy+6YO15Lu2OiBHT09EIE5FV1Mg?=


We are here by inform to you that your email address and your name is
listed among the numbers of those whom the United States Government
has approved to pay the sum of $2,500,000USD as a compensation for
being a scam victims and unpaid salary please you're to choose how you
want to receive your fund between you have to reply me here:

ATM card...

Consignment box...

Cashier check......

Bank to bank transfer...

With your full address to enable us proceed with your fund delivery

Your address.............

Your age .........

Your occupation......

Your phone number.......

Your email address......

Best regards ....

Mr Jerry Smith

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