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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: "Tammy Webster" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 15:06:35 -0000
Subject: Re:$ 100 million


I Tammy Webster and my husband Cliff Webster won $ 316.3 million in the

Powerball jackpot and we decided to help those in need. We decided to donate a

total of $ 100 million to help those affected in one way or another. Due to the

crisis and the pandemic in Europe, we decided to donate $ 3 million each to 33

lucky people in our charity project.

To check out our lottery winnings, check out my interview below:

After the computer spin, your name and email address were among the 33 random

emails Google, Inc. gave me. posted as a web user; To allow you to send this

gift, please send me the details below.

Full names:

Telephone number:




Once I receive this information, I will leave a cashier's check in your name

and have the bank process the funds transfer for you. If accepted, send me the

required information or otherwise ignore it


Tammy Webster

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