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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: "Sarah Reynolds" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 18:46:36 -0700
Subject: Hello From Mrs Sarah

Hello Beloved,

I am Mrs. Sarah Reynolds, a America citizen but married to a Kuwait national
( late Mr. Sheikh Ahmed Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah),
however it's true we do not known each other before, but My spirit
lead me to write you this email. I write you with heavy tears in my eyes and
great sorrow in my heart because my Doctor informed me that It will take
only the will of God for me to survive due to my Complicated health issues

Based on this, I wish to share some more details with you, regarding myself
, family and fund I wish to offer to charities and also invest in very good
business, but I will like to know more about you, to enable me have more
trust in you, as my heart wish to have you close to me and believe that you
can handle whatever processes I move over to you, so please reply back to
me, so that I can provide more details to you,

i will be waiting for your reply.

Warm wishes

Mrs. Sarah Reynolds.

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