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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: MacKenzie Bezos Foundation Network <>
Date: 07 Sep 2019 22:37:13 +0530

Congratulations from the MacKenzie Bezos Foundation United States, where life changing opportunities and cash are given-out on a daily basis! Our foundation/founder has indeed been a great Philanthropist to this generation and is truly committed to “giving while living.
However, We are pleased to inform you that you are one (1) of the lucky person to benefit and to receive $500,000.00 USD from my MacKenzie Bezos foundation’s ongoing good will project, grant/donations program.
If this message is sent to a valid e-mail user, Then your email was randomly selected to receive a cash donation grant sum of $500,000.00 USD from the MacKenzie Bezos Foundation.
If this is a valid e-mail account, then you should Contact " Mr. Mark Kelvin " my personal assistance (PA) at his email: to have him process your membership for comprehensive claim as my fan.
MacKenzie Bezos Foundation Network

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