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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: Thomas Yi _foundation <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 00:58:48 +0530

I'm Thomas Yi, the Winner of the $235.4 million jackpot prize held on
March 27, 2021. here is a verification webpage

My Jackpot win was a gift from God to my Family Hence my entire Family
has agreed to do this We are donating 50% of the money to help
individuals and Small Scale Businesses around the world. I got your
email from Google business contact listings will be donating Five
Million United state dollars to you Please accept this Token as a Gift
From My Family and Me. get back to me with an acceptance note if
accepted otherwise disregard
this message.

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