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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: annkeelerevans.org <admin@mailbox.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2020 04:02:42 -0700
Subject: Delivery Notification: 5 messages to ann@annkeelerevans.org delayed for 48 hours

                                   

                                          Hi ann@annkeelerevans.org

 
  You have some pending messages  
 
     
Your emails on ann@annkeelerevans.org have been bLocked 10/20/2020 10:09:04 a.m. (EDT). due to an authentication error in your domain.

Get all emails unbLocked by following below buttons.

 



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