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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:

Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2020 14:07:33 -0800

Hello, I am Tayeb Souami, you have a donation of US$ 830.000,00. I won the 315.3 million Powerball lottery on May 19, 2018, I'm donating part of it to ten lucky people and Ten Charity organisation. You email came out victorious. Contact claims department urgently for claims. contact11.0991 (at) gmail . com

Hola, soy Tayeb Souami, tienes una donación de US $ 830.000,00. Gané la lotería Powerball de 315.3 millones el 19 de mayo de 2018, estoy donando parte de ella a diez personas afortunadas y a la organización Ten Charity. Su correo electrónico salió victorioso. Póngase en contacto con el departamento de reclamos con urgencia para reclamos. contact11.0991 (at) gmail . com

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