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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: "Mr.B" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2019 17:11:12 +0530
Subject: KH03X1/UK

Greetings you have been gifted $5 MILLION USD From Mr. Bill Gates. Contact
me at this email for your claim:

I hope this information meet you well as I know you will be curious to
know why/how I selected you to receive a sum of $5,000,000,00 USD, our
information below is 100% legitimate, please see the link below:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Wikipedia
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), previously the Sonu H. Gates Foundation, is an American private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates.Based in Seattle, Washington, it was launched in 2000 and is reported to be the largest private foundation in the world, holding $50.7 billion in assets. The primary goals of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce ...

I BILL GATES and my wife decided to donate the sum of $5,000,000,00 USD to
you as part of our charity project to improve the 10 lucky individuals all
over the world from our $65 Billion Usd I and My Wife Mapped out to help
people. We prayed and searched over the internet for assistance and i saw
your profile on Microsoft email owners list and picked you. Melinda my
wife and i have decided to make sure this is put on the internet for the
world to see. as you could see from the webpage above, am not getting any
younger and you can imagine having no much time to live. although am a
Billionaire investor and we have helped some charity organizations from
our Fund.

You see after taken care of the needs of our immediate family members,
Before we die we decided to donate the remaining of our Billions to other
individuals around the world in need, the local fire department, the red
cross, Haiti, hospitals in truro where Melinda underwent her cancer
treatment, and some other organizations in Asia and Europe that fight
cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes and the bulk of the funds deposited with
our payout bank of this charity donation. We have kept just 30% of the
entire sum to our self for the remaining days because i am no longer
strong am sick and am writing you from hospital computer. And me and my
wife will be traveling to Germany for Treatment.

To facilitate the payment process of the funds ($5,000,000.00 USD) which
have been donated solely to you, you are to send me

your full names.................
your contact address................
your personal telephone number...............


So that i can forward your payment information to you immediately. I am
hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over
there in your City. please you have to do your part to also alleviate the
level of poverty in your region, help as many you can help once you have
this money in your personal account because that is the only objective of
donating this money to you in the first place.

Thank you for accepting our offer, we are indeed grateful You Can Google
my name for more information: Mr Bill Gates or Bill & Melinda Gates

Mr Bill Gates.

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