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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: "Felicia spéro" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 18:22:20 -0800
Subject: INFO

Dear friend,
I wonder why you continue neglecting my emails. Please acknowledge this
message. I intend to send you the details. Try to check your spam box
because most of these correspondences fall out sometimes in the SPAM folder.
My name is Felicia spéro, I have an Urgent Matter to entrust to you.

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