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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: Grande Lom <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2023 12:55:33 +0100
Subject: Compensation Payments


Your Compensation fund which is currently estimated at $3,000,000
(Three Million United States Dollars) has been approved by the World
Bank. After the last survey/draw your e-mail was randomly selected
among others to receive this paymets.

You are advice to select from the options below, the means by which
you will like to receive your payment:

Ø Certified Bank Draft
Ø ATM Master Card

Feel free to contact this bona fide agent for further explanation;

Name: Aitken Felipe
Phone: +22950435281

You have been correctly informed.
Grande Lom

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