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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: Mercedes-Benz USA <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 19:53:05 +0800
Subject: Lottery Draw Reference Claim Code: (W70902039).

Congratulations Dear Email Owner;

We happily announced to you that your E-mail Address has been selected among the winners of the Mercedes Benz International Online Lottery Draw 2021/2022 promotion.  You are now a winner of a brand new "Mercedes Benz c350 4matic 2021 model car", Cash grand prize Certified Bank Check of 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) and Apple MacBook 12" Retina Display Intel Core m3, 8GB Memory, 256GB Flash Storage - Silver.

For easy claim of your winnings prize, you are simply advice to contact our Claim Fiduciary Federal Deposit Insurance(FDIC) Manager info below in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA.

Delivery Officer: Mr. Frank Walcott
Delegate Email:
Text Support Only: +1 (971) 373-7036

*Full Names:
*Cell Phone Number:
*Current home Address:
*Front & back copy of your Identification Card or Driver's license for the benefit of accuracy.

All necessary information on what to do in receiving your winnings will be treated by our claim agent once contacted by you and Contact him by providing him with your Mercedes Benz Online Lottery Draw Reference Claim Code:(W70902039) As the subject of your email for swift response.

NB: Administration/handling charges is mandatory and at your cost in claiming your winning process.

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC 2021/2022
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder , that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we (Mercedes-Benz) urge you to treat it genuinely and kindly move it to your inbox.

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