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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: "Mark" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 07:09:40 +0200
Subject: Donation Payout notification

Halifax bank PLC on behalf of UNICEF have released the Charity cash
transfer of 76,000,000$ to assist the less privilege around your
jurisdiction for a 30% compensation of the total amount stated above for
your time and trustworthiness.

Indicate if you are interested in handling this reputable charity project
by providing your Identity & details to commence this project.


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