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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 Richard Wahl" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 01:59:28 -0700
Subject: From Mr Richard Wahl

I am Mr Richard Wahl, the mega winner of $533M In Mega Millions Jackpot, I'm donating to 5 random individuals if you get

this email then your email was selected after a spin ball. I have spread most of my wealth over a number of charities and

organizations.I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $1 Million USD to you as one of the selected 5, to verify my

winnings please see my you tube website. page below.



Reply with the DONATION CODE to this email:, the only fee you will pay to my personal

assistant to release

the money to you is $75 and she will send it to you through ATM CARD or CASHIER CHECK. Contact my personal Assistant

Name: Mrs.Karen Red


Hope to make you and your family happy.
Mr Richard Wahl

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