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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: "(RWCW)" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 01:53:06 -0700
Subject: HURRAY ! Russian World Cup Winner (RWCW).

Russian World Cup Winner (RWCW).
Batch Number: RU/FIFA//RWCW/8056490765.
Confirmation Number: RU/77801209/RWCW.
Serial Number: #209968/02.
Lucky Numbers: #8765596746.
We wish to announce officially to you that your name was selected as a winner, for the 2020 Russian™ Fifa promotions for worldwide Corona virus support program. This program is organized to support people financially, because of the COVID-19 situation around the world. This is to inform you that you have won a prize of EUR.980.000.00 (Nine Hundred And Eighty Thousand Euro).
General Payment Terms And Conditions (GPTCs):
Your fund will be released to you through any of our regional payment banks within Europe, your file will be processed simultaneously, as directed by the authority. You are to contact the procession department through the Coordinator, Email:
You have to send these following information's to the procession department, through the General Coordinator (Prof.Adrik Tolinyev) for further procession:
** Full Name:
** Address:
** Date of birth:
** Age:
** Tel No:
** Occupation:
** Sex:
** Marital Status:
** Country:
** Serial Number:
** Lucky numbers:
Your won prize of EUR.980.000.00 Euro (Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Euro), is available to be released to you.
Congratulation on your winnings !
Yours in service,
Prof.Adrik Tolinyev.
(General Coordinator).

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