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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:

Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2023 12:04:33 +0200

Good day,

Congratulations you have been granted a charitable donation of $4,000,000.00 by MRS. MAVIS WANCZYK the Winner of $758.7 million Massachusetts State Lottery's Powerball jackpot winner in August 2017, this Winning was a blessing. So, we decided to give back to the society Your e-mail address was randomly chosen by the Topaz Ballot System, This Charitable donation will be transferred in the next few days.
Contact this mail for more information at:

Congratulations once again.

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