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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: Reza Khan <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2022 19:01:19 +0100

Nwanne i can upgrade your gmail BCC to send 2000 emails per send NO
LIMIT per day for 6k naira, buy NO LIMIT webmail or NO LIMIT SMTP for
6k Naira, buy 1 million fresh email addresses of any country or mixed
worldwide for 12k Naira, i can throw your format to 1 million fresh
email addresses with your reply to box for 15k Naira, with 15k Naira,
i can flash any amount of money to your clients bank account and they
will receive email and SMS alert to their phone notifying them of the
deposit made to their account and when they go to ATM or login to
their mobile banking app they will see the money in their account but
can't transfer or withdraw, i have Nigerian bank accounts were clients
can pay to.

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