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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mahmood Salehs" <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 06:43:19 -0500
Subject: [From: Eric Wozyski...]

My Name is Eric Wozyski, I have a good mutual business proposal. I am a consulting banker and privileged banking data.

Several unclaimed funds from third world leaders who passed on with no next of kin profile and one account I will reveal more details for $186 Million that I have arranged with associates to transfer

over to beneficiary designate without preconditions.

No counter claim, no liabilities but requires associates for investment and trust holding as next of kin.

It will be implemented with your account destination and trust holding from your end.

We could also invest my share of the money into real estate business or any field of interest you may



Eric Wozyski
Phone: +1 (945) 239-0943

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