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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: Gabriel Zavacky <>
Reply-To: Clay Tousey <>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2022 01:13:54 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: 2.000.000,00 Euro werden Ihnen gespendet

Sie erhalten 2.000.000,00 EuroHallo,Sie haben eine Spende von 2.000.000,00 € von den 286 Millionen US-Dollar, die ich mit dem Jackpot-Preis auf einem Powerball-Ticket gewonnen habe. Bitte wenden Sie sich an die folgende E-Mail-Adresse: ( ), um den Betrag anzufordern und mit der Auszahlung des Betrags fortzufahren.Ich erwarte Ihre Nachricht
Herr Clay Tousey
You have a donation of €2,000,000.00 from the $286 million I won with the jackpot prize on a Powerball ticket. Please contact the following email: ( ) to claim the amount and proceed on how to disburse the amount.
I await your message
Mr. Clay Tousey

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