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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: "Thomas Yi" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 12:09:58 -0700
Subject: you have a donation of $2.800.000,00

Hello, I am Thomas Yi, you have a donation of $2,800,000.00. I won the $235=
million Powerball lottery on March 27, 2021, I am donating part of it to f=
ive lucky people and Ten Charity organisations. You email came out victorio=
us. Contact me urgently for claims :

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