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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. ANNABEL MOLINA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 01:08:12 +0700

Writing from Hospital
I am Mrs. Annabel Molina undergoing medical treatment in hospital. Recently, My Doctor told me that I may not last for the next seven months due to cancer problem, though what disturbs me most is my stroke and deaf problem. Having known my condition I decided to Serve God with our wealth. I am a widow and a servant of the Lord for the past 38 years.
When my late husband was alive we kept the sum of $3.4 Million Dollars,  (Three Million, Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars) I have decided to Give out this fund to a church or an individual or better still a God fearing person who will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct herein. I want an individual that will use this fund to provide succor to the poor, an indigent person to help orphanages, widows around him or her, build charity homes and Schools etc.
Can you handle this? if yes send me the details below:
Direct Telephone:
Hope to receive your reply soon.
Remain Blessed.
Mrs. Annabel Molina
Legion Hospital

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