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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: "TM" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2021 00:07:23 +0200
Subject: Claim Tmobile Award

Headquarters T-Mobile (U.K) Ltd
Mosquito Way Hatfield Business Park
Hatfield Hertfordshire AL 10 -9BW
Headquarters UK: + 44-795-3966-150
Call us at :    + 1-877-296-1018
Congratulations for winning 500,000GBP in this year T-Mobile Network Global fund Relief as your email was automatically generated among other lucky winners Held in the UK through the Computer Ballots program. Your payment reference number is,(TTY/951/SA)Contact your payment Unit for payout.
Enquiry : Call: :   + 1-877-296-1018
Ms. Jane Shirley Micheal 
Kindly follow the instruction below to enable us effect your immediate transfer, we have two options of payout, (EFT Bank Transfer and Card payment delivery) which can be issued and posted directly to your address via DHL or any order courier service, indicate your preferable option below. Bank Transfer takes 48 to 72 working hours while Debit ATM Card Delivery takes 5 to 6 working days. Endeavour to keep your payment reference number very confidential. Provide indicated informations :passport /Id copy with your contact numbers  for your respective payment options.
Tel: Tel: +27(0) 670973 113
Mr Andrew
CONFIDENTIAL: This email, including attached files, may contain confidential information and is intended only for the use of the individual and/or entity to which it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, disclosure, copying, use, or distribution of the information included in this email is prohibited. Please delete this email immediately and notify us by replying to this email.

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