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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: Thwaite <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 03:09:35 -0300
Subject: Congratulations

Dear beneficiary,

Our names are Joe and Jess Thwaite, we won One Hundred and eighty four Million
Pounds and we have commenced our Donation and Grant since we have been touched
to donate part of our winnings to charity through you for the good work of
humanity as we have been ill for some time and do not know if we can survive
this illment which is presently eating us up. We do not know if we are
going to
survive and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of one million euro to
you and five(5) other families each as part of our charity project to improve
the lot of 5 unknown lucky individuals all over the world plus family and give
back to the local communities.

You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.

Your email address was luckily selected using a balloting system and you
received this email because we accepted you as a lucky beneficiary.

Kindly contact Barrister Lucas Moore / (Zenith Chambers) with
Code: JJT3221 and also fill the below information and return via email so that
he can process your funds for disbursement.

1) Your Full Names:
2)Resident Address:
3)Telephone Number:

Good luck,

Joe and Jess Thwaite.

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