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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: "Norris Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 23:48:36 -0800

Dear Beneficiary,
The World Bank Group and The Royal Dutch Shell Oil And Gas has selected you as the winner of this year Summer's Sweepstake which was conducted at the Shell Center Belvedere Road, London Borough, Lambeth. You are required to contact the financial Department to claim the following prizes:
1) Cash Sum Of Five Million United State Dollars ($5,000,000.00)
2) A To and Return Flight Ticket for You and one member of your Family to a destination of your choice.
You are required to contact the financial department within 48 hours upon receipt of this email.

Ronan Cassidy:

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