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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: "The Ukrainian children need your donation fast." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2022 11:57:43 -0700
Subject: The Ukrainian children need your donation fast

Dear Friend!
I am attorney Barrister Anis Rahman this world is very cruel place right now for so many Kids living in total fear and wanton destructions from the bombs and missiles of the Russian federation in Ukraine. You cannot be silence as a lot of these kids are made orphans and the rest are blown to untimely death by bullets, bombs, and missiles.
Reach out to help by donating now to protect, feed and clothe a child using Bitcoin, (bc1qnypn8y3trlqhapkqrg0j6s8nrl5ms8yghe9z6z) It is faster and will get to the child directly cutting off banks and government protocols.
The Ukrainian children need your donation fast
Thanks, As We Wait Your Urgent Response.
Barrister Anis Rahman

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