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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. Susan Potter" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2022 14:43:57 +0800
Subject: Dear Friend

Google Incâ„¢

This Is to Inform You That You Have Won ( Winning No: GX-2022) a Prize
Money of Nine Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars($900, 000.00 USD) for This Year
Lottery Promotion Which Is Organized By Gmail/ MSN Windows/Yahoo Lottery
Inc. We Collects All The Email Addresses Of The People That Are Active
Online, Among The People That Subscribed To Gmail, We Only Select Thirteen
People As Our Winners Through Electronic Balloting System Without The
Winner Applying.

Take note this is 100% real and true. kindly let us know how you want to
receive your fund,
1, Through ATM CARD or Cheque delivery by Courier Company
2, Bank to bank transfer

E-Mail:( )

Congratulations once again

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Susan Potter
(Lottery Coordinator.)

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