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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: "Support" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2019 09:19:31 +0100
Subject: Security alert! Your CaseID-uxohv2zzat.

Your device and ac­counts has been h­acked by me in the sum­mer of 2019.
You can check it - I sen­t this message from your ac­count.

I know what you like ha­rd funs (ad­ult sites).
I'm know your secre­t life, which you are hidin­g from everyone.

I also have access to the cam­era on your device, and I periodically take ph­otos and videos with you.
I saved all your ema­il and chats from your messeng­ers. I also saved the entire his­tory of the sites you visit.

I'm sure you don't wan­t to show these fil­es and visiting history to all
your contac­ts.
Tran­sfer $807 to my Bitc­oin wallet:

Hurry Up :)

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