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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: Richard D Brown <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2022 12:14:41 +0200
Subject: Major Micro Finance Company

In conjunction with the US bank This is a Major Micro Finance Company
affilated with World Health Organisation (W.H.O) trading all gift
cards to Bitcoin and they need more than $25,000 daily. Basically they
are doing this to help the less privileged on the control of Finance
during covid19
For $100 flip you get $1,500
For $200 flip you get $2,400
For $300 flip you get $3,500
For $400 flip you get $4,600
For $500 flip you get $5,700
For $600 flip you get $6,800
For $700 flip you get $7,900
For $800 flip you get $8,000
For $900 flip you get $9,100
For $1000 flip you get $10,200

Full Name:................
Phone number.........................
Country :..........................

MR. Richard D Brown

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