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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: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:14:22 -0700
Subject: =?utf-8?q?You_won!!!DU_HAST_GEWONNEN!!!=C2=A1=C2=A1=C2=A1GANASTE!!!__jij_?=

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:

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:

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, ik ben Lerynne West, je hebt een donatie van € 1.930.000,00. Ik won de Powerball-loterij van 343,9 miljoen op 5 november 2018, ik doneer een deel ervan aan tien gelukkige mensen en de Ten Charity-organisatie. Uw e-mail heeft gewonnen. Neem dringend contact op met de afdeling claims voor claims. Contact:

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