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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: mich98 william <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 17:10:37 +0100
Subject: hello

Dear Beneficiary,

My name is s w my office Address: is 644 Lake Mirror Rd,

College Park, GA 30349, United States, my identification card is

attached to this mail, this is to inform you that your Consignment box

which contain your funds the total sum of $5,000,000.00 has arrived to

the United states the consignment box just arrived to our office since
last week you can confirm from the USPS tracking number 9505 5115
5647 0069 5165 65, so what you need to do now is to reconfirm your
full name and

address together with your phone number so that by tomorrow afternoon

by 3 PM the package will be delivered to your door step, Awaiting for

your urgent reply soon as possible,

Best Regards

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