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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.angelalarsson002" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 18:55:15 +0200
Subject: good day

My Name is Mrs. Angela Larsson,
I am touched by God to hand you over this money considering my last
wish, and you should also know that my contact to you is by special
grace of God, please understand that you are not helping me rather you
are working for God the creator of heaven and earth.
Again i am a widow suffering from long time illness. i am currently
admitted in a privet hospital in the country, I have some funds I
inherited from my late loving husband Mr. Larsson Wisdom, the sum of
($5,500,000.00 USD) which he deposited in BANK Here and I need a very
honest and God fearing Person that can use this funds for God's work.
I want you and the church to always pray for me because the lord is my
shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian and
whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth.
Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work
kindly reply me ( Don’t forget to always
pray for me because all my hope to survive is in God the creator who
holds death and life.
I will be happy to hear from you soon.
Mrs. Angela Larsson.

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