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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 Francis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2022 04:08:26 -0800
Subject: Good day/./

I am Mr Francis the agent to deliver your fund am right now in Netherlands International Airport  please resend your home address I mistakenly misplace your details at Norway international airport
resend your details ( soon as you receive this message because i will be leaving for United States of America. due send your details as I listed below
(1)your full name:
(2) home address:
) name of nearest  international airport to your house:(
4)phone number:)
(4) email address:
you can call or chat on WhatsApp with this number:(+32 4602 45356) before I take off,also I will call you with your country number once I arrive in your country

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