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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. Mavis Wanczyk" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 03:00:30 +0100
Subject: Hello

Dear Friend.

I'm Mrs. Mavis L, Wanczyk, the mega winner of $758 Million in Powerball
Jackpot; I decided to donate 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 $7.5 Million USD to you as one of the selected
5, you can verify my winnings via YouTube page below.

Watch Me Here:

Your donation code is: MAY207162DN

To claim your donation, reply yes with your Donation Code to this email:

Hope to make you and your family happy.

Best Regards,

Mrs. Mavis L. Wanczyk.

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