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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.Michael Bloomberg" <>
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2022 02:20:40 -0700
Subject: Donation for you121,

Hi, my name is Michael Rubens Bloomberg; a philanthropist. and founder
of Bloomberg L.P, Industries, one of the largest private foundations
in the world. I believe strongly in 'giving while living I had one
idea that never changed in my mind, that you should use your wealth to
help people and I have decided to secretly give USD$2,000,000.00
Million Dollars to randomly selected individuals worldwide.

I want to use my wealth to help and support selected individuals who
will help peoples around them. On receipt of this email, you should
count yourself as the lucky individual. Your email address was
selected online while searching at random. Kindly get back to me at
your earliest convenience, so that I will know your email address is

Email me ( )
Best Regards.
Mr.Michael Bloomberg

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