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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: "Mr Roy cockrum" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2023 20:37:51 -0700

Greetings to you,

I am Mr. Roy Cockrum, I decided to make my donation to Charity and Individuals as God has led me to, and I told some Ministers about this which they said was a welcome idea and promised they will get me a list.
of some people that my donation will help their lives and put smile in the face of the needy, I decided to select myself by going to Microsoft/Google to do research.

I won the largest Powerball jackpot ever in Tennessee lottery history,be assured that you stand no risk as this is my money, for source and verification read more about me by clicking this link:

Based on the win we decided that just 100 people would be selected for this benefit, leaving each beneficiary with $680,000 each to better their lives because we can't enjoy it all alone, as the win is for sharing.

May the Good Lord bless you.
Mr. Roy Cockrum
© Roy Cockrum Foundation

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