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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: "Mr Neil Trotter"<>
Date: Sat, 25 May 2019 10:17:11 +0200
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Wir_haben_Sie_als_eine_unserer_5_gl=C3=BCcklichen_Personen_aufg?=

Ich bin Neil Trotter, ein 41-j=E4hriger Mechaniker aus London und m=F6chte =
Sie dar=FCber informieren, dass Sie am 18. M=E4rz 2014 =A3 4,8 Millionen vo=
n unserem Euromillions-Preis in H=F6he von =A3 108 Millionen erhalten werde=
n. Ihre E-Mail-Adresse lautet: =DCbermittelt von das beste Web-Verzeichnis =
und Suchmaschine von Rechtsbeistand. Du hast diese E-Mail erhalten, weil wi=
r dich als einen unserer f=FCnf gl=FCcklichen Empf=E4nger aufgelistet haben=
, die diese Spende erhalten haben. Es wird empfohlen, dass Sie mit dieser N=
achricht auf Ihre private E-Mail-Adresse antworten, um weitere Informatione=
n dar=FCber zu erhalten, wie Sie Ihr Geld erhalten. von 4,8Millionen Euro.E=
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