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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: Ms Estelle Serge <>
Reply-To: Ms Estelle Serge <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:26:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent Message!

Good Day My Dear

With hope that is message reaches you in good condition of health, i am writing to you hoping that you can be a helping hands to me and my son, i am Ms Estelle Serge from Bordeaux France, i have some problems with the family of my late husband and now i am in a hidden place with my son for security reasons, at the moment i need your assistance to claim the sum of 2750000€ (Two Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euros) that was deposited in a bank by my late husband for us to use it to start a new life far ways from France and if you assaist me in this transaction i will offer you 20% of the total fund for your compensation towards the transaction. I will be waiting to hear from you for more details.

Yours Sincerely
Ms Estelle Serge

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