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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: Sat, 16 May 2020 18:14:59 -0700
Subject: =?utf-8?q?Spenden_f=C3=BCr_Sie_=28dringend=29?=


Ich bin Tayeb Souami, Sie haben eine Spende von € 2.130.000,00.

Ich habe am 19. Mai 2018 die 315,3 Millionen Powerball-Lotterie gewonnen. Ich spende einen Teil davon an zehn glückliche Menschen und die Ten Charity-Organisation.

Ihre E-Mail ging als Sieger hervor. Wenden Sie sich dringend an die Claimms-Abteilung, um Ansprüche und Informationen zu erhalten.

Name: Tayeb Souami

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