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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: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 22:56:48 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: The account was hacked.

Hello!<br />
<br />
My nickname in darknet is kiK0k0zz.<br />
This mailbox was hacked more than seven months ago, <br />
through it, your operating system was infected with a virus (trojan) created by me and you have been monitored by myself for a long time.<br />
<br />
You may not belive me, so please check 'from address' in your header, you will see that this email was sent from your very own mailbox. (<br />
<br />
Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my system intercepted all the caching data on your pc<br />
and automatically saved access for me.<br />
<br />
I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history.<br />
Besides that, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.<br />
<br />
I was most shocked by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit.<br />
I tell you, you have a very wild imagination!<br />
<br />
I took screenshot through the camera of your device during your pastime and entertainment there and i managed to synchronize them with what you are watching.<br />
Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!<br />
<br />
I don't think that you will want all your contacts to get these files, right?<br />
If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $500 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.<br />
<br />
Just send the above amount on my BTC wallet (bitcoin): 3JRKMDfhiMudTsjUxn4zzDhkpxnke4eGD4<br />
When the above amount is received, I definitely guarantee that the collected data will be deleted, I do not need it.<br />
<br />
Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will be sent to all your contacts from your device.<br />
<br />
After reading this letter, you will have 48 hours!<br />
I'll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.<br />
<br />
I hope I taught you a good lesson.<br />
Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don't enter your passwords anywhere!<br />
Good luck!

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