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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: Google PROMO <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:53:34 +0100

I'm Abdul, from Kwara state Naija based in Kumasi Ghana, tell your
fellow guymen i have a sharp webmail that blasts emails direct to
inbox with no limit per day, it lasts 2 weeks, i sell fresh emails,
old facebook accounts, free SMS bombing tools, old clients that paid
their catchers and no limit inbox SMTP, i have moneygram receiver
names in Mozambique,Ghana and Kenya, i have Mozambique and Kenya mpesa
accounts, Ghana mobile money account and bank accounts for
Mozambique,Nigeria,Ghana and Kenya pickup.

I can blast 1 million fresh emails with your formats and reply to
boxes for $85, you will be getting dozens of quality replies daily for
several weeks.

Chat me on WhatsApp with +233553611767 let's discuss more.

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