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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:

Date: 29 Oct 2022 06:28:31 -0700
Subject: USA DONAR

This is to notify you about the Ongoing Program in Christ at Notre-Dame Cathedral  Hosted By The USA DONATION ORGANISATION KNOWN AS USADONARS  This program is for any business or Company & Individual personnel that Voluntarily Want To Donate For the Funding and rebuilding of the Paris notredam cathedral, For this Program to move regularly the USADONARS Donated the sum of `10.6 million Euros to fund back any person that donates Maximum of  1000 EURO / 1000 Dollars  will receive 30% Off his/her Donation  from the USADONARS Offer, 

To Donate  Now
SEND #DONATE and the amount you want to donate. The Below Mails For Direction on How to Donate and get your Refund of 30% Depending on the Amount you Donated:

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