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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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Fraud email example:

From: =?UTF-8?Q?Mr=2EAmancio_Ortega_world=E2=80=99s_second=2Drichest_man_Billiona?=
=?UTF-8?Q?ire_investor?= <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 16:57:04 +0100
Subject: You have been gifted $2 MILLION USD in 2022 Donation Funds.

You have been gifted $2 MILLION USD in 2022 Donation Funds.

Contact us at this email for your claim: ( )

I hope this information reach to you well as I know you will be
curious to know why how I selected you to receive a cash sum of
$2,000,000,00 USD,our information below is 100% legitimate,I
Mr.Amancio Ortega and my wife Rosalia fashion businessman and founding
chairman of the Inditex fashion group,of Zara clothing showrooms
around the world,I and my wife Rosalia mapping out this donation funds
every Year to 20 countries all over the world where our company is
been located in the world please see the link below:

My wife and I decided to donate the sum of $2,000,000,00 USD to you as
part of our charity project to improve the lot of 20 lucky individuals
all over the world from our $16.5 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out
to help people before she died. We prayed and searched over the
internet for assistance because i saw your profile on Microsoft email
owners list and picked you. Rosalia my wife and i have decided to make
sure this is put on the internet for the world to see. my wife has
cancer and she died at Colchester regional hospital, my wife just
didn't die but she was a great person and I miss her so much and this
is why I have decided to do one thing I promised her forever. as you
could see from the web page above, am not getting any younger and you
can imagine having no much time to live. although am a Billionaire
Investor and we have helped some charity organizations from our Fund.

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members,
Before she died we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to
other individuals around the world in need, the local fire department,
the red cross, Haiti, hospitals in Truro where Rosalia underwent her
cancer treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that
fight cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes and the bulk of the funds
deposited with our payout bank of this charity donation. we have kept
just 40% of the entire sum to our self for the remaining days because
I am sick and am writing you from hospital computer because I don't
know when I will die. To facilitate the payment process of the funds
($2,000,000.00 USD) which have been donated solely to you, you are to
send us

your full names.................
your contact address.....................
your personal telephone number...............
your Date of birth............................
your Marital Status............................
your Occupation................................
One Passport photographs or any of your valid Identity

so that I can forward your payment information to you immediately. I
am hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and
judiciously over there in your country. Please, you have to do you
part to also alleviate the level of poverty in your region, help as
many you can help once you have this money in your personal account
because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in
the first place. I like to re-assure you of the legitimacy of this
services as we will not be involved in any fraudulent act and will
never be.

Use the money wisely, we only want to feel good by helping people this
time of the year, this is the only thing that makes my wife happy too
even now that she is not here with me anymore, we have too much to
give away as I only have a few months left on earth. I will advise you
as the prospective lucky Person to be calm not to loose this great
opportunity which millions of people are trying to entangle but the
chances just couldn't come for them because a lot of people are out
there to discourage them as they don't know how it works, and have
never seen such before.Thank you for accepting our offer, we are
indeed grateful You Can Google my name for more information:

Mr.Amancio Ortega.
God bless you
Mr.Amancio Ortega world’s second-richest man Billionaire investor

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