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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: "Mr. Manuel Franco" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 18:27:30 -0400
Subject: Donation For You

Attention lucky winner Email ID,

I am Mr. Manuel Franco the current winner of $768.4 million in powerball
lottery on APRIL 23th, 2019 drawing, I want to inform you that i'm
donating {$12.5 Millions} to 5 random individuals from any part of
worldwide and if you get this email then your email was selected after a
spin ball. I have spread most of my wealth over a number of charities and
organizations. I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of {$12.5
Millions} to you as one of the selected {5}, to verify my winnings please
see my interview by visiting this link below.,

Your email address was submitted to us by the Email internet management
teams as an email User and a part of our donation list your Email ID is
among those listed to receive the donation sum of US$12,500,000.00 through
the help of my accountant agent, Mr, Ernie Beaudet 3024 SW Wanamaker Rd,
Topeka, KS 66614, USA

According to the arrangement I signed with Mr. Ernie Beaudet, the
President/CEO of Heritage Bank he will contact you as soon as your
donation worth US$12,500,000.00 is ready to enable them to send you the
payment through ATM Visa Card or bank to bank wire Transaction.

But make sure you contact Mr. Ernie Beaudet yourself with below
information to enable quick releasing the donation payment to you because
bankers are always engaged with many customers activities. THIS IS YOUR
WINNING NUMBER: [ FRANCO2020 ] make sure you [email] Mr. Ernie Beaudet
your WINNING NUMBER [ FRANCO2020 ] and your personal information if you
want them to release your payment of {$12.5 Millions} to you.

Contact Person::: Mr, Ernie Beaudet
Contact Number::: +1 (785) 503-1843
Contact Email::: ( )

Send him your personal information listed below for easier credit of your
funds in your name.

Full Name :..
Home Address :..
personal phone Numbers:..
Office phone Number:..
A copy of your ID or passport:..
Email address:..

Mr, Ernie Beaudet also always receives text messages on +1 (785) 503-1843
for bank business only. You can text him anytime about your donation
payment because too many frauds use email addresses.

Hope to make you and your family happy.
Congratulations & Happy Celebrations in Advance,

Best regards.
Mr. Manuel Franco
Remain blessed from Mr. Manuel Franco Fund Donation Families.

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