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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:

Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:35:47 -0800
Subject: Dear Beneficiary,

Attention,Attention, Attention,

This is to let you know that the compensation fund and your over due
payment of $20.7million USD (Twenty Million US Dollars) which the
Federal Government Awarded to you as a scam victim is here right now
.And Mr Wayne Douglas is claiming that he is your next of kin and that
you are dead that you died in a car accident last week ago. We want to
know if what he is saying is true. So if I don't hear from you today
or tomorrow I will assume that what he is saying is the truth.

So you have to get back to me with your current information now to
claim your fund.

Full name...

Current Address...


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