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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: "Mavis .L. wanczyk" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:46:19 -0800
Subject: DONATION OF $3,000,000.00 TO YOU

My names are Mavis .L. wanczyk I won the Powerball Lottery of $758 Million USD and I have voluntarily decided to donate $3,000,000.00 (Three Million Dollars) to 7 individuals randomly as part of my charity project.

To verify our lottery winnings,please see our interview by visiting the web page below:

After a computer spinball,your email address was among the 7 random emails which were submitted to us by the Google, Inc as a web user; if you have received my email, kindly send to me the below details for further Action on Remittance.

Full Names:
Mobile No:

Send your response to:
Best Regards,
Mavis .L. wanczyk

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