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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: "Mrs.Beate Heister" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2023 09:41:19 -0700
Subject: Donation Of 2.8Million

Good Day
I'm Mrs.Beate Heister, a German business magnate,Investor and philanthropist. 25 percent of my personal wealth spent on charity. And I also promised to give the rest of 25% away to individuals this year 2023. I have decided to donate 2,800,000.00 euros to you. If you are interested in my donation, contact me for more information.

You can also read more about me using the link below

Mrs.Beate Heister

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