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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: "Mrs. Barbara" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 12:49:02 +0100

Hello my dear,

How are you doing today? My Name is Mrs. Barbara Puckett. Am from Scotland, I needed someone that I can trust with a charity work. I have been Diagnosed with Euphorically Cancer of the Lungs according to Doctor I will die any moment, right now am in the hospital, I have been badly treated by close associates, I am repented Christian Baptist and God has put it in my mind to give out the rest of my Money to Charity, I want you to Distribute these Funds to people that need it, If you accept to receive the fund, i will direct you to my lawyer who will help you work with the bank and claim the money on my behalf, I will wait here for your Response concerning your interest to claim these funds before I go ahead and inform my Lawyer about my intentions.

Thank you for your concern,

Mrs. Barbara Puckett.

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