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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 KEVIN WILLIAMS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2018 00:09:52 +0200
Subject: {19f2FuC5kD2OE1} CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a message from the MailScanner E-Mail Virus Protection Service

The original e-mail was believed to be dangerous and/or infected by
a virus and has been replaced by this warning message.

If you wish to receive a copy of the *infected* attachment, please
e-mail helpdesk and include the whole of this message
in your request. Alternatively, you can call them, with
the contents of this message to hand when you call.

Best Regards,
System Administrator

The following is the original mail information:

Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2018 00:09:52 +0200

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