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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: "You won $7,500,000.00" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 21:29:09 +0100

Good day.

I am Joy and my husband Jess Thwaite, we won £184,262,899 million the
biggest Powerball jackpot and we just commenced our Charity
organization and we will be giving out a cash donation of $
7,500,000.00 Million to you, this being part of our Charitable
Donation Project to financially support from any part of the world.
Your email address was submitted to us by the Google Management Team
and here is your wining code (TTY/951/SA) contact me urgently for

Joy & Jess Thwaite

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