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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. Jeffrey Bezos" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2022 17:19:59 -0800

Greetings to You

I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to
know why/how I selected you to receive a sum of $1,900,000,00 USD, my
information below is 100% legitimate, See the link below:

My name is Jeffrey Preston Bezos an American business magnate,
investor and philanthropist. am the most successful investor in the
world today and Chairman of CEO, and President of Amazon, I believe
strongly in giving while living’ I had one idea that never changed in
my mind ? that you should use your wealth to help people and i have
decided to give {$1,900,000.00} One Million Nine Hundred Thousand
United Dollars, to randomly selected individuals worldwide. On receipt
of this email, you should count yourself as the lucky individual. Your
email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly get
back to me at your earliest convenience, so I know your email address
is valid.

Visit this: or You Can Google
my name for more information:( Jeff Bezos ).

Send your reply to ( to enable me give
you more details about this Donation.

I will be waiting for your response.

Reply me for more information on this e-mail (

Best Regards,

Mr Jeffrey Preston Bezos
Chairman, CEO, and President of Amazon.

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