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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. Steven Gabriel" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:09:19 +0900
Subject: Your first payment of $5,000.00 sent to your name today

Hello, Beneficiary E-mail ,

This is to inform you that this office was instructed to pay your fund $5.5Million U.S.A Dollars by America security leading team and America representative embassy between now until end of November 2022 Because we are working on our annual Country Calculation, so that we can be able to make next year budget, as per day you will receive the sum of $5,000 Dollars,

However be informed that we have send the sum of $5000 Dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment you have only 24 hours to call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per day starting from today First $5000 in three different payments and the Money
Transfer Control Number of today is below.

Here Is The Senders Information
Sender first Name::::: Steven
Sender Second Name::::: Gabriel
Question....What Color?

You can track it by typing :
then you enter this MTCN NUMBER:#9976738912
Sender's First Name:___ Steven
Sender's Last Name:_____ Gabriel
Once again be advice to reconfirm your information such as;

(Receivers name)............
( Address)..................
(Phone Number)..............
(Your Age...................
(ID copy)............. .....

Director Mr Steven Gabriel of release order
WhatApp Number: +22968158000 for Call and Text SMS..
E-mail address:

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