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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: QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 23:31:35 -0800

Attention winner.

We the COVID-19 committee worldwide in conjunction with Qatar 2022
world cup online lottery Award team officially announces to you the
raffle draw held on the Month of December 2nd 2021 in London United
Kingdom. Your email was among the 500,000.00 e-mail raffle draw, which
your email was randomly picked by the computer during the 3rd Quarter
Raffle draws held in United Kingdom.

We therefore wish to inform you that your e-mail address has won you
the total sum of ($10,500,000.00) Ten Million Five Hundred
Thousand dollars. Participant’s email addresses were sorted out
globally (Powered by Qatar 2022 world cup) from Companies,
Individuals, Government's Agencies, Co-operate bodies, Charity
Organizations etc and computed “RANDOMLY” Via E-sorting balloting to
select respective winners around the globe.

Be inform that this Internet Raffle Draw (IRD) was organized by
COVID-19 committee Worldwide to create awareness to the citizens of
the world and Unemployment Beneficiary Funds as we are busy Finalizing
their preparation for your beneficiary claim Note: Winners shall be
paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Centre and must be claimed
not later than 30 Days from the date of notification, any Prize not
claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Stated below are your winning Details:
WINNING NUMBER: 20, 14, 30,45,18,50

Please note that your winning numbers falls within our African
representative office Cape Town South Africa therefore, your fund will
be released to you through our paying bank in “ EITHER through CITI
BANK GROUP UK or SOUTH AFRICA” Kindly contact fund processing Manager
Mr. Mac Collins,
Contact Person: Mr. Mark Collins
Phone: +27-63-568-6167

You’re requested to send the following information’s to Mr. Mac
Collins, to enable him facilitate the release of your Beneficiary
Winning fund to you. Also remember to place this security code
“BUK/4490” on your subject for easy location of your file.
1. Full Names and Surname:
2. Residential Address:
3. Country:
4. Mobile /Fax number:
5. Occupation:
6. Age:
7. Male/Female:
8. Marital Status:
9. Attached Copy of International passport or ID Copy:
10. Winning Numbers:

Mrs. Michelle Alfred.

(Covid-19 and Qatar 2022 Online Lottery Coordinator)

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