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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 Richard Wahl" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 05:58:09 -0800

CAUTION: -EXTERNAL EMAIL- This email originated from outside the organization. Do not click links or open attachments unless you validate the sender and know the content is safe. Please forward this email to InfoSec Team if you believe this email is suspicious.

Dear Friend,

I am Mr Richard Wahl the mega winner of $533M In Mega Millions Jackpot, I'm donating to 5 random individuals if you get this email then your email was selected after a spin ball.I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $2 Million USD to you as one of the 5 selected winners, I have spread most of my wealth to 4 winners already.Believe me you are the only one left to receive yours.To verify my winnings please see my youtube page below.WATCH ME HERE:


Reply with the DONATION CODE to this email: only fee you will pay to my personal assistant to release the money to you is $150 and he will send it to you through ATM CARD,please reply to with this information, YOUR FULL NAME AND YOUR HOME ADDRESS AND YOUR PHONE NUMBER.

Best regards.

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