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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: "Connoly Foundation" <"">
Date: Sun, 03 Jan 2021 00:52:04 +0100


I am Frances Connolly , We won a fortune on New Year's Day in the Euro Millions Lottery Jackpot.. You have been chosen for our life changing Humanitarian project in your country and will now get a donation of 1 million Euros . Please while putting this funds to use ,be kind enough to help the less privileged and other homeless persons with this funds .. Get back urgently for more details and processing of claim . Thanks

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