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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: Facebook Corp Corporate Office <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:46:35 +0200
Subject: Re: Your Email Have won ( $7,700,000.00 USD)

Facebook Corp Corporate Office
Address: Menlo Park, California, USA.

From Desk of Chris Hughes
[Facebook co-Founder]

Congratulation from Facebook,

We are pleased to inform you that you have won the sum
of $7,700,000.00
usd in cash Promotion to encourage the usage of Facebook
users worldwide, In other to claim your fund, you are
required to contact
our dispatch dept via email

Contact Person:Justiniano Simpelo Mrs.(Facebook

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote
your Ticket, Reference FB-0281/2017 in all

In case if found this message in spam folder, it could be
due to your
Internet Service Provider, ISP.
So kindly move to your inbox before replying.

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