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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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Fraud email example:

From: Nicolas <>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2022 22:40:41 +0800
Subject: Re:

Hello, I'm Nicolas Berggruen from Germany, i am giving out investment/donation funds of 17,500,000EUR to five Europeans each to support business men, companies and individuals. During my last visit to Europe before the war started i noticed that so many companies and individuals needs financial support, business loans, project loans so with this donation/investment funds you don't need to seek for bank loans anymore. I want you to get back to me as soon as possible so that my Agent in Germany can guide you through on how to get this funds. View the link bellow for proof of my philanthropic work.

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