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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: "Mrs. Sabine " <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 22:29:28 +0200
Subject: RE

I will make this very short and simple ,I'm Marie Sabine from the
Germany , In May 19,2021,'I was not aware that I had won a PowerBall
Jackpot lottery with the sum of (456,000,000) Four hundred and fifty
six Million Euros until I came across an article in my local paper
'It's a big blessing to me and my family but unfortunately my husband
is no longer alive to witness this, therefore I have decided to honor
his loving memory by giving out Grant donations to (30) Lucky
recipients worldwide.

you can ignore this message if you are not interested but if you are ,
write me back on my personal email below for a claim.


Marie Sabine

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