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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: "Anthony Alogene" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2020 07:38:38 +0100


The COVID-19 is destroying my happy family and I decided to contact
you for support. My wife Elaine is already in ICU, battling for her
life while I cater for others in isolation.

I have nobody to help and I had recently lost my job. Thousands of
people dying and I am barely managing the situation. I pray this
sort of experience does not befall you or your family.

I am stuck with nothing to go by. I need your support, which I will
be forever be in your debt.

My anticipated expenses total £8,500 (Eight Thousand, Five Hundred
British Pounds Only). I appreciate whatever sum you support me with.

If you will be kind enough to do this for me.

Anthony Alogene
9148 Mill Road
E18 4KW
United Kingdom

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