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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 I. Curry" <>
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:21:32 +0300
Subject: Dear Beneficiary

Reply To My Private
I am Evelyn I. Curry resident of Stone Mountain, Georgia USA, the winner =
of $120 million Mega Millions jackpot and I have decided to donate $650,000=
USD to you. You were among the selected beneficiaries for the donation. I =
am doing this not to be famous, as a matter of fact; I am currently in my m=
other's home town as a hide out on the cause of getting out of the sight of=
the public for some reasons. Please read more of my winning story and the =
reason why I am hiding from the public in this news link below and get back=
to me with your

Full Name:
Direct Phone No:

So we can issue your check and send to you:

Sincerely Yours,
Evelyn I. Curry.

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