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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: "HILDA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 11:35:10 -0700

This information must be fully adhered to or else you forget about this payment completely, the European Union Commission and United
Nations has collaborated to ensure that you receive your payment by Certified ATM Visa Card through our financial expatriates deployed to
West Africa to ensure you are paid.
Therefore you are advised to further discontinue any further communication concerning your payment with whosoever you are dealing
with at this moment and contact urgently the below Office:
Mr. Gerald Kasper
European Union Financial Expert
Note that this update information should be attended to immediately as there is limited time for their operation:
Your Full Names: _____________
Contact Address: _____________
Mobile Phone: _____________
Occupation: _____________
Age: _____________
Best Regards
Ms Hilda Urs
Publicity Secretary

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