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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: "Miss Alison D.Mezzanine." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:58:56 -0400
Subject: Hello


My Name is Miss Alison Zigmas Mezzanine a Lithuanian by nationality. I am writing from the hospital At Cleveland Clinic - Fairview Hospital, 18101 Lorain
Ave, Cleveland, OH 44111, USA where i went for A business Trip, I was told by my doctor that I was poisoned and has got my liver damaged and can only live
for some Days. I inherited the sum of ?75.900,000,00 Seventy-Five Million Nine Hundred Thousand Euros) from my late father Late Professor Zigmas Zinkevicius
the former Ministers of Education and a full member of the Republic of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, I can not think of anybody trying to kill me apart
from my stepmother in order to inherit the money, she is an Indian by nationality, I want to donate this funds to the poor through you. To use the money and
help the poor peoples,

Please email me now if you are willing to help me. I will direct You to whom you will contact and the bank where the money was deposited to help me Receive
These money in your country to help the poor and motherless babies. I will compensate you with 30% of the total sum for your help to me. Please don't Ignore
this email if it comes to your spam folder. I sent it to 4 email contacts I got online Both different countries. Whoever is willing and serious to help will
be Rewarded accordingly. do not reply to the sender email, just contact me direct to below email if you are capable to handle this transaction,

Miss Alison D.Mezzanine.
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