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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.David I Mckay" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 17:15:10 +0100
Subject: Congratulations,


Your Name has been Approved to be paid $850,000 for Compensation over
Covid-19 victim $400,000 by Wire Transfer also $400,000 by ATM CARD
and $50,000 by Western Union And MoneyGram, $2,500 Each Everyday.

1. Reconfirm your Full Bank Details to enable you receive your
$400,000 by Wire Transfer.

2. Reconfirm your full address to enable your ATM CARD delivered to you safely.

3. Reconfirm your full Information to enable you receive your Western
Union And MoneyGram Payment, $2,500 Each Everyday .

So you need to send the $350 Steam Wallet Card For Processing fee, So
all will Commence immediately.

Thank you.
God Bless.

Mr.David I Mckay .
Office Location Address: 1055 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Unit B, Chicago, IL. 60660
Chase Bank,

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