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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: "Mrs Mavis Wancyzk" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 19:16:21 -0500
Subject: Spende

Hallo Am Mrs Mavis Wancyzk, Sie haben eine Spende von 4,800,000.00EUR Ich gewann die America Lottery im Wert von $ 758.7 Millionen und ich spende einen Teil davon an fünf glückliche Menschen und Wohltätigkeits-Häuser in Erinnerung an meinen verstorbenen Ehemann, der an Krebs gestorben ist. Kontaktieren Sie mich für weitere Details unter: []

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