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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 09:19:28 -0700
Subject: $ 18.991.674

-- Dear respectful, My name is Yuki Chilong, a financial advisor to Diego S=
lazar, one multimillionaire. Can I TRUST you to transfer $ 18,991,674 USD. =
Contact me without any problems for more information: yukichilong284@gmail.=
com To be fair, what I need in this transaction is trust and confidence res=
pect each other and I promise you won't regret it this transaction with me.=
In response to your interest in helping and working with me to become a ch=
ampion this deal, i will send you the full details and how it will be done.=
Vriendelijke groeten, Yuki Chilong

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