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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: "Facebook World Wide Lottery" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 11:56:11 +0100
Subject: YOUR WINNING ( FACEBOOK ) Lottery.

PALO ALTO, CA 94301-1605
We are pleased to notify you of the result of our annual Final draws held on the ( 21st March, 2022)
by the Facebook Promotion group to encourage the usage of Facebook world wide, your Email was Luckily Selected among the lucky ones who won $3,600,000.00 (Three million Six hundred thousand dollars) each on the Facebook Compensation Promo .The online draws was conducted by a random selection of emails and you were picked by an Advanced automated random computer searcher from the Facebook Lottery Authority.The compensation program is a new innovation by Facebook and Its aimed at saying A BIG THANK YOU to all our users for making Facebook their number one means to connect, communicate, relate and hook up with their families and friends over the years.In other to Claim your $3,600,000.00 you are advised to contact Miss.Beverly Ann on Facebook or via Email ( is the officer in charge of payment.
Please make sure you contact her with below listed information to enable us to process your winning certificate and for further information regarding the disbursement of your Facebook Lottery Award.
Name :
Home Address :
Phone Number :
Email :
Occupation :
Age :
All winnings must be claimed not later than  21st OCTOBER 2022, After this date, all unclaimed funds will be included in the next year stake.
Mr. Mark E. Zuckerberg
Chief Executive Officer

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