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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: Mr Garry Myles <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 23:45:53 -0700
Subject: SPENDE

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, wir freuen uns, Ihnen mitteilen zu können,
dass Sie ausgewählt wurden, 3.000.000,00 EUR vom Garry Myles Relief
Fund zu erhalten. Mit dem Namen Garry Myles ist Google eine Allianz
Microsoft, und Ihre E-Mail-Adresse war unter den ersten vier
glücklichen E-Mails. Daher habe ich mich entschlossen, 3 Millionen
Euro für alle Glücks-E-Mails mit Google am 18. Januar 2022 und den
Jackpot von LOTTO MAX zu spenden. Kontakt für weitere Informationen:

das ist meine Website

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