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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: "Selma Billingsley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:49:21 -0700
Subject: Hello,reply me please....

I am Selma Billingsley , the wife to Geer Billingsley, a regional finance director in europe for Vanguard Logistics Services in Antwerp , who died untimely in an Egypt Air crash of 2016. You can view this web site for your perusal to find the name of my late husband .
I am from Belgium, I lost my husband few months ago and I have been living with the pain till date .
We are hospitable people and decided to serve mankind to the best of our ability.
Since the death of my husband Geert I have lived with the memories, fighting effortlessly to live a normal life but all to no avail.
I suffered psychologically and shortly was diagnosed of Cancer.

I write to you, having sourced your address from a database in my internet dozier after fervent prayers. Before his death, my family had a joint account and deposited the sum of ninety five million euros with a security firm in USA.
The purpose of this email is to propose an investment plan to you using the funds with the security company in USA.
Regardless of where you are, in or outside the states, I will be willing to support your business on the basis that thirty percent of your turnover from my capital given to you would be used for charity donation This is absolutely risk free and requires no payment to acquire.
I am doing this because I have less than 2months to live as a human I therefore need a reliable fellow to champion my course by receiving this funds, investing it in private business and donating thirty percent of profit generated to the less privilege or if you are not into any business, you can receive the funds as my next of kin and assist me in distributing it to the less privilege but you must be honest , do not bother responding if you are not honest or sincere.
If you are interested for further details.
Kinds Regards
Mrs Selma

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