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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 Laurene Powell <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2022 01:50:27 +0100
Subject: Attention Please !!!

Attention Please !!!

my name is Laurene Powell Jobs I'm from American a billionaire who has
a net worth of $19 billion. I'm probably best known for being the
widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Upon Steve's death in 2011, I'm
one of the wealthiest women in the world.

Link up to know more about me
I'm here to donated you some of 5 million dollars at To compensate you
about the scammers and you will receive the donation God
will bless you

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