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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: "=?UTF-8?B?TXIgLkp1YW4gQ29sb21iw6Fz?="<>
Reply-To: "=?UTF-8?B?TXIuIEp1YW4gQ29sb21iw6Fz?="<>
Date: 23 Dec 2020 17:18:53 +0100
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?RnJvbSA6TXIgQ29sb21iw6FzICAyMy0xMi0yMDIw?=

Greetings To You;

I'm Mr Juan Colombas from Lloyds banking Group United Kingdom. Can we Invest in your Country with you?

Reply for more details.

Thanks and Regards,
Mr.Juan Colombás


This e-mail is intended solely for the person or organization to which it is addressed. It may contain privileged and confidential information.
If you are not the intended recipient, you are prohibited from copying, disclosing or distributing this e-mail or its contents (as it may be unlawful for you to do so) or taking any action in reliance on it.

If you have received this e-mail in error, please delete it then advise the sender immediately

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