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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: "Rita K.Madine" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 21:23:16 +0200

I Mr. Adrian Bayford who won £148,656,000.00 GBP (One Hundred and Forty
Eight Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Six Thousand Great Britain Pounds) on
the 10th day of August 2012 from Euro Millions Lottery jackpot. My Wife and
I have done lots of Charity Donations around the world, but this year 2022
we have decided to give out £500,000.00 GBP(Five Hundred Thousand Great
Britain Pounds Only) each to 10(ten) lucky people around the world.
This is to mark New Year Windfall 2022, lucky for you; your email address
was given to us by Random Internet Search as one of our lucky recipients.
For verification process download this link and read about us -
Kindly contact our pay out office in the Republic of South Africa, with
your below personal details and be rest assured that they are waiting to
hear from you, to enable them guide you with the releasing process
immediately you receive this email. Please Kindly open attachment for more

Full Names: Mrs. Grace Abraham
Position Held: Payout Manager
Telephone Number: +27 (0) 718440314
Fax Number: +27 (0) 86 577 0089

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