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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: Sat, 09 Jul 2022 21:40:04 +0100
Subject: 2 800 000,00 EUR

Je m'appelle Manuel Franco des =C9tats-Unis. Ma femme et moi aimons =E7a
partager de bonnes nouvelles avec vous. En avril 2021 j'ai un jackpot Power=
A remport=E9 768 millions de dollars. Nous avons d=E9cid=E9 en fonction
ce coronavirus tue 5 personnes choisies au hasard
Faites un don pour utiliser cet e-mail afin d'aider vos communaut=E9s
aider. Ensuite, votre email sera s=E9lectionn=E9 par Spinball. j'ai le plu=
s grand
J'ai fait don d'une partie de ma fortune =E0 plusieurs associations caritat=
J'ai volontairement d=E9cid=E9 de payer un montant de 2 800 000,00 EUR
faire un don. Comme l'un de mes 5 =E9lus chanceux, vous r=E9pondez
Cliquez sur cet e-mail pour plus d'informations. =E7a t'appartient
Code de don : [MF4322019] R=E9pondez =E0 cet e-mail avec un code de don : J'esp=E8re que vous rendez votre famille heureu=
Salutations Manuel Franco et famille Remarque :
Toutes les r=E9ponses doivent =EAtre envoy=E9es =E0 t : manuelfranco4313@=

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