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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:

Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2022 11:24:34 +0100
Subject: About your approved grant

Dear one.

This is to officially inform you about your $4.7m grant with the United
Nations Assisted Program and for your information you will receive
your grant through (ATM CARD, CASHIER CHECK OR wire transfer) please
choose payment method. Therefore you are advised to contact
us with your personal information
(1)Full Name (2)Telephone no (3) Age
(4)Address (5) occupation.

Mr Stanley Ezema

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