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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:

Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 05:32:44 -0800
Subject: Re: From Mr. Sigmar Hartmut Gabriel

God bless you,

I am Mr. Sigmar Hartmut Gabriel a Minister for Foreign Affairs Germany national, I was browsing and I saw your e-mail So I decided to write you if your e-mail is real, I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment,. I am very rich, but never generous; I have given most of my assets to my immediate family members.

For more about me;

Right now, I have decided to give alms to charity organizations. I cannot do this myself because of my health and political position. I once asked members of my family to give some money to charity organizations, they refused and kept the money. I have a huge cash deposit of (US$5M) five Million united states dollars with a Finance Asset/Diplomatic management in United State.

I will want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations. You will take out 15% of these funds for your assistance to help ME disburse this fund to charities.

I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail as soon as possible and treats with absolute confidentiality.

Write to me for more details.

Yours Sincerely,
Sigmar Hartmut Gabriel

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