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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: "Mrs. Mary Conner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:51:02 -0000

Hello Dear,Greetings. How are you today? This is Mary Conner.who wrote to you some time ago seeking for your assistance to transfer some funds into your account.Although we could not finish the transaction because of some little financial set-back at your end,I wish to inform you that I have successfully transacted with a God-Given trustworthy woman who has helped me and my Health in the time of needs. I wish to tell you that I am successfully residing in INDIA where we want to re-establish myself.I am using the opportunity to thank you who made intentions to help me, although we couldn't finished up, and to you personally,I have written and dropped a check of $450,000/- for your compensation for all you have done and intentions to assist me then. This is my pure appreciation to you and I have instructed a friend in Cotonou Benin Rep. to send you the cheque and a letter attached to it. Have you received it?, reply to me so that we can discuss some other businesses in your area as i hoped to make some investment too in your area.I need your urgent reply and current phone no so that I will call you to discuss further with you. In case you have not received the cheque, kindly contact: Rev.John Moore E mail: Contact Him or call him immediately if you have not receive your parcel Best regards, Mrs. Mary Conner

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