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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: "Illuminati" <>
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2019 06:30:55 -0800
Subject: Gute Nachrichten

!!!Gute Nachrichten!!! Machst du M=F6chten Sie Mitglied der gro=DFen Illumi=
nati-Bruderschaft werden und 1.000.000 US-Dollar im Monat verdienen und unt=
er anderem beliebt sein und Macht, Reichtum und Ruhm haben? Wenn ja, ist di=
es Ihre einzige Chance, Mitglied der Illuminati zu werden. Ich wurde vom Il=
luminati-Oberkommando geschickt, um 72 Mitglieder zu den Illuminati zu brin=
gen. Ich habe 52, also suchen wir 20, also versuchen Sie, unter den 20 Leut=
en zu sein, die reich und ber=FChmt sind. Bewerben Sie sich jetzt und konta=
ktieren Sie uns per E-Mail unter: f=FCr weitere=
Informationen. ...

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