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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. Facebook" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 13:00:04 -0800

Your E-MAIL ACCOUNT has won in the On-going Facebook Covid_19 Pandemic Financial Grant Support of Five Million United States Dollars(US$5,000,000.00). Your Ticket number is 00515 188 29877. All participants were selected through a computer random integrated system drawn in millions of Email addresses via the Internet and lucky winners do not have to purchase any ticket to participate in this Grant Support program. Forward your full details such as your name: tele phone number:age: sex and address for processing and payment of your winning.

Contact Person: Mr. David M. Wehner
======= Chief Financial Officer
1* E-mail:
2* E-mail:
Enquiries WhatApp Phone: +1-8102022136
Do not doubt this letter or disregard as we are ready to give you attention until you receive your unbelievable Prize Award from Facebook.Contact our verification office through this mobile number; Enquiries WhatApp Phone: +1-7199633639

Yours in service,
Mr.Marc Andreessen
Facebook Inc Grant Operating Officer.

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