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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: "Miss MacKenzie Scott. Tuttle" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 05:48:10 +0800
Subject: Get Back to Me!!

My name is MacKenzie Scott. Tuttle, I am an American novelist and philanthropist, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who later became the founder and CEO of Amazon. I believe strongly in ¡°giving while living¡±. My philosophy about life is that you should use your wealth to help people and I have decided to secretly give US$2,500,000.00USD to randomly selected individuals worldwide.

Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so i know your email address is valid.
Contact E-mail:

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Miss MacKenzie Scott. Tuttle

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