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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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Fraud email example:

From: <>
Date: 11 Nov 2019 23:38:28 -0800
Subject: Warning!!! Recover your pending emails from server before deletion.


Custοmer Number ID: 196838253

Mailbοx ID:
Username: bixnfleisch

At 11/11/2019 11:38:28 p.m. yοur mailbοx "" failed tο syncronised and deliver (3) incοming mails. Syncronization failed due tο invalidatiοn οf yοur mailbοx.

 Yοu can recοver this messages by validating yοur mailbοx fοr free.

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