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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. Nelson Amy Jocelyn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2018 18:13:06 -0700
Subject: Please endeavour to use it on churches and orphanages

Hello Dearest…
Good day and how are you doing?
My name are Mrs. Nelson Amy Jocelyn, I got your contact details in my search for a reputable person to accept my proposal to disburse my inheritance to orphans, I’m the wife of the late Dr. Hans Nelson, who worked with Netherlands Embassy in the US, before he died on December 2014.
The content of my proposal is a bit detailed that is why I first seek your permission before emailing my proposal so that you won't have trash when I do. Do I have your permission to email you my proposal?
Kindly send your response to my private eMail for more details as follows:
Waiting for your response
Mrs. Nelson

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