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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: Mr Charles Paul Retting <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 19:04:21 -0800


Well come to the word bank headquarters DC.

Your total scam victims compensation funds witaing to be credite to
your account for online banking transfer as soon as we hear back from
your whit contact details.account information is needed, funds amount
$30 million USD dollar in case you want it to be delivered then
provide your house address and email address thanks,

Mr charles paul Retting
Words bank/ president

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