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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: "Mrs. Lee Maureen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:19:42 +0100
Subject: My Dear Please Get Back To Us


Nice meeting you here and I hope this email finds you well;
i am Mrs. Lee Maureen, head home of admin and pubic relation officer of Industrial and Commercial Bank of indonesia.

This is to notify you that your name/email was selected among the two beneficiary that Industrial and Commercial Bank of indonesia is compensating with USD$2Million each. This compensation is to help individuals that lost their Job/works to convid-19.

You are advised to contact our bank I in Turkey this email (Rev James Peters ( ). Send them your

(1) Full Name
(2) Home or Office Address
(3) Your Mobile/Landline.

And also include your transaction code number which is ( 57HYH) Without this code you will not be attended to.

Best Regards

Mrs. Lee Maureen

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