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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. Julian Greenhil <>
Date: 20 Oct 2019 22:22:52 -0400

Attention: Lucky Winner,

The mega Lottery USA wishes to inform you of the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program and your email account have been picked as one of the lucky winners of ($1,000,000) ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY as our medium to encourage and appreciate the public for their support and patronage. You are to contact our Claims agent with the below details. Also you are expected to fill the form below and send it to the claims agent.

Your Full Name: .......................
Your Full Address and Country : ....................
Your Phone number: ...............

You are required to send this above Information to your claims agent with his information below

Agent Name:-
Email : - 

Best Regard,
Mr. Julian Greenhil
Co-ordinator/ Claims Officer
+1(253) 329 5492


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