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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. Mavis Wanczy" <"f.">
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:14:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Congratulation Beneficiary Email ID,

Attention Beneficiary Email ID,

I am Mrs. Mavis Wanczyk the Massachusetts hospital worker i Won US$758.7million the largest single-ticket prize Powerball jackpot in January 08th 2017 and to avoid fraudulent notice, see my interview by visit link bellow:

We just started international charitable donation campaign as we will be giving a donation sum of US$15.5 MILLION each to improve the life of seven Lucky individual from any part of worldwide.

And your Name and email address was submitted to us by the Google internet management teams as a webmail User and a part of our donation list and your Email ID is among those listed to receive the donation sum of US$15.500,000.00 through the help of my accountant agent, Mr. Rafiq Bengali in New York, United States.

According to arrangement we sign: Mr. Rafiq Bengali, The Director of United Bank New York United States will contact you as soon as your donation worth US$15.5 million is ready to enable them send you the payment through ATM Visa Card Transaction or Bank to Bank Wire.

But make sure you contact Mr. Rafiq Bengali yourself with below information to enable quick releasing the donation payment to you because bankers is always engage with many customers activities. THIS IS YOUR DONATION CODE: [ JP2017/03MAVIS ] make sure you send Mr. Rafiq Bengali your donation code if you want them to release your payment to you.

Contact Person:

Mr. Rafiq Bengali.

General Manager UBA bank New York, United States Branch
Phone:..... +1 (917) 265 -9568

Send him your information bellow for easier credit your ATM Account in your name.

Full Name :..
Home Address :..
City :..
Zip code:..
Home phone Numbers:..
Office phone Number:..

Mr. Rafiq Bengali also always receive text message at +1 (917) 265 -9568 for bank business only. You can text him anytime about your donation payment because too many fraud use email address.

Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,

Best Regard.

Mrs. Mavis Wanczyk.
the Massachusetts hospital worker wins Mega Millions jackpot.

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