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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: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 11:40:00 -0800


Dear friend,

I'm Mrs.I won on August 25, the $ 759 million Powerball Lottery. 2017
I donated to 5 random people, when you received this email then your
email was selected for a spin ball. I have distributed most of my
assets to a number of charities and organizations. I have voluntarily
decided to donate you the amount of €1,000,000.00 You are one of the
selected 5. to check my winnings, see my page below.

This is your donation code: [DF0052021]

Reply to this email with the donation code:

I hope to make you and your family happy.

Mavis Wanczyk

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