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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: <>
Date: 20 May 2020 21:31:59 +0200
Subject: You have 3 new pending mails on your email portal

Dear Mail User

You have Three (3) Messages Pending Delivery On Your e-Mail Portal Since: 15 May 2020.
This messages can be viewed by the subject of each message or proceed to Mail Update Now to Release   Message on your e-Mail Account below.
User ID:    b39781dc
  Status          Subject                                                              Recipient                                     Date
Pending:   RE:  Statement Of Account Notice To: 15-05-2020
Pending:   Fw:   Proforma Invoice / Contract To: 15-05-2020
Pending:  RE:  Outstanding Payment: USD $47,500.00 To: 14-05-2020

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