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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. Amancio Ortega" <>
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2022 20:28:42 +0100
Subject: You have been gifted $2 MILLION USD in 2022 Donation5

You have been gifted $2 MILLION USD in 2022 Donation

I am Mr.Amancio Ortega businessman and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion
group of Zara clothing showrooms around the world,I and my
wife Rosalia are mapping out this donation funds every Year to
20 countries all over the world where our company is been
located in the world. We are gifting you the $2M in our 2020 donation.

Kindly Send your response to my below email address for full details.


Mr. Amancio Ortega

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