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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: "Stichting INGKA Foundation, Amsterdam" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2019 13:46:06 -0800
Subject: Re: DONATION FOR YOU FROM Stichting INGKA Foundation


Compliments of the day to you!
I know it will be a great surprise reading from me today but consider this a divine intervention as blessed by God Almighty/Allah. My name is Göran Grosskopf, from
Stichting INGKA Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Chairman/President of Stichting INGKA Charitable Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world.

The Stichting INGKA Foundation is a non-profitable organization that roughly gives aid and supports to individuals. We donate/gives roughly to citizens/individuals
around the globe no matter the religion, be you Christian or Muslim and we are donating $2Billion Dollars to randomly selected individuals worldwide. Each person
receiving {$16,800,000.00} Sixteen Million Eight Hundred Thousand United Dollars only. The Stichting INGKA Foundation is making this donation in order to build a better
world of tolerance, acceptance, equality and opportunity for all and also we wished to contribute to the elimination of poverty, famine, and to support development,
health and education in the most deprived communities especially Africa and Asia. The beneficiaries will spend the money on developing communities, providing disaster
relief and supporting women and young people in their community. On receipt of this email notification, you should count yourself as the lucky individual to help grow
the world and make it a better place for the less privilege. Your email address was chosen online while searching at random. Kindly Contact me on E-mail at your
earliest convenience with the following details so as to confirm that your email address is valid. You can check us online using Google visiting Stichting INGKA
Foundation website bellow:

Your Full name______
Your Address_______
Your Country_____
Your Age________
Your Sex_______
Your Phone number___
Your Valid ID______

Warmest Regards,
Stichting INGKA Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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