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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: timothy Johnson <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 00:03:27 -0800
Subject: HELLO:Dear Beneficiary

I am Rev Timothy Johnson, director of the cash processing unit, The
union has approved the sum of ($1.500, 000) but due to ongoing fraud,
we have taken $5,000 from your funds for handling charges.You will
receive the sum of $1,495,000.00 instead of $1.5M.You are requested to
forward your full name,home address, Occupation and

your direct phone number to me at (
)for immediate payment,you will receive your fund within three working
days after confirmation.
Rev Timothy Johnson

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