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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: WhatsApp Admin <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2022 23:11:11 +0100
Subject: New Year Grething from WhatsApp.

WhatsApp Admin,

We are rewarding our users this season


Your email has won $5 million United States Dollar ($5,000,000)
in the 2021 WhatsApp lottery after our 5hrs outage on the 4th of
October and you are expected to claim it as quickly as possible
or your lottery will be transferred to the second runner up.

Its a way to appreciate your commitment to WhatsApp and the
impression you have given other people about WhatsApp.

For Security reasons your winning number is (WHTZPPX9) please
keep this information very confidential to avoid fales claim on
your winning.

Please contact below our (claim officer)

Dr.Shri Kuma(Claims Officer)
Reserve Bank of India

Your Name
Your Address
Your Age
Your country
Your winning number
Your Telephone numbers

Yours Sincerely,
WhatsApp Admin

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