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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: Sun, 31 May 2020 14:53:05 -0500
Subject: You won!!!ganaste!!!du hast gewonnen!!! hai vinto

Hello, I am Lerynne West, you have a donation of €1,930.000,00. I won the 343.9 million Powerball lottery on November 5th, 2018, I'm donating part of it to ten lucky people and Ten Charity organization. Your email came out victorious. Contact the claims department urgently for claims. Contact:

Hola, soy Lerynne West, tienes una donación de € 1,930,000,00. Gané la lotería Powerball de 343.9 millones el 5 de noviembre 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. Contacto:

Hallo, ich bin Lerynne West, Sie haben eine Spende von € 1.930.000,00. Ich habe am 5. November 2018 die 343,9 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 Schadenabteilung. Kontakt:

Ciao, sono Lerynne West, hai una donazione di € 1.930.000,00. Ho vinto la lotteria Powerball da 343,9 milioni il 5 novembre 2018, ne sto donando una parte a dieci persone fortunate e all'organizzazione Ten Charity. La tua email è venuta vittoriosa. Contattare urgentemente l'ufficio reclami per i reclami. Contatto:

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