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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: Dorothy Georgieva <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 09:59:26 -0800

Attention Beneficiary,

I am contacting you to inform you that we have concluded to effect
your Inheritance Lottery wining payment via Western Union Money
transfer & we have sent out the first transfer of $15,000 from your
Inheritance sum of $2.5 Million USD, therefore you will need to
contact the Western Union agent David Kamakas and ask him for all the
transfer information / MTCN# for pick up from any nearby Western

Contact Agent: David Kamakas
PH: +229 61074526

Please contact him with your name and address ASAP & ask him to
furnish you with the payment info for the $15000 that was sent this

Note: our agreement and arrangements is that they will be sending you
$5000 X3 times daily. So Please remember to Indicate the fund
registration code of WU-TR56005 as subject when Emailing or calling


Dr. Dorothy Georgieva

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