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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: "Mr. Richard Wahl" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 03:20:12 -0700
Subject: THIS IS YOUR DONATION CODE: [ 0043034]

Dear Winner,

I am Mr. Richard Wahl, the mega winner of $533M In Mega Millions
lottery jackpot. I'm donating 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 have
voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $2 Million USD to you as one
of the selected 5, to verify my winnings please see my YouTube.
website page below.


$533 Million Jackpot Winner Revealed: Modest Mega Millionaire Richard
Wahl Richard Wahl recently moved to New Jersey from Michigan and has
only played the lottery a few times before winning the $533 million
Mega Millions lottery jackpot.


Reply with the DONATION CODE to this email: {}
the only fee you will pay to my personal assistant to release the
money to you is $100 and he will send it to you through ATM CARD or

Contact my personal Assistant
Name: Mr. Milton Raul

Hope to make you and your family happy.

Kind regards,
Richard Wahl

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