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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: Jeff Bezos <"">
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2023 19:33:42 +0300
Subject: Re:

I'm Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, it's on this note that I'm informing the world of my intention to give out my Fortune of $124 Billion of my wealth to the lucky ones around the country and world at large.

Your email was randomly selected to be a part of the people who will be beneficiaries of this charity project. each person would be awarded $300,000,00.

Contact the Agent on how to proceed.

My Best Regards..

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