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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: =?utf-8?B?U2FhZGV0IERvxJ9hbmF5?= <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:50:01 +0000
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Mia Xong,Winner of $156 Million Dollars Powerball Jackpot on March 22, 2017. I wish to inform you that your email was randomly selected to receive my donation grant of $500,000.00 USD,this being part of our 2017 Mia Xong Donation Project(MXDP) to financially support Five(5) lucky people and ten(10) charity organisations from different parts of the world,Kindly view the News Link below for more info;

Please Reply with *Full Names:..,*Tel:...*Age:....& *Country:... and Remember to be a blessing to your family and the society at large.

Mrs Mia Xiong
Copyright 2017 Mia Xong Donation Project All Rights Reserved.

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