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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: Mon, 26 Jun 2023 14:30:32 +0200
Subject: Spende von 2,8 Millionen

Guten Tag
Ich bin Frau Beate Heister, eine deutsche Unternehmerin, Investorin und Philanthropin. 25 Prozent meines Privatvermögens habe ich für wohltätige Zwecke ausgegeben. Und ich habe auch versprochen, die restlichen 25 % dieses Jahr 2023 an Privatpersonen zu verschenken. Ich habe mich entschieden, 2.800.000,00 Euro an Sie zu spenden. Wenn Sie an meiner Spende interessiert sind, kontaktieren Sie mich für weitere Informationen.

Sie können auch über den untenstehenden Link mehr über mich lesen

Frau Beate Heister

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