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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: Nwachi <>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2023 15:49:15 +0100

How work bro! i can upgrade your Gmail BCC to be sending 2000 emails
per send NO LIMIT emails per day for 2 weeks for 10k naira only, NO
LIMIT webmail or NO LIMIT SMTP that lasts for over 1 week goes for 8k
Naira only, 1 million fresh email addresses of any country or mixed
worldwide goes for 30k Naira only, i can throw your format to 1
million fresh email addresses with your format and reply to box for
35k Naira only, with 37k Naira only, i can flash any amount of money
to your clients bank account and they will receive email and SMS alert
to their phone notifying them of the deposit made to their account and
when they go to ATM or login to their mobile banking app they will see
the money in their account but can't transfer or withdraw, i sell
20,000 old jobs for 10k naira.

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