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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: "Rev. Regina Wand" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 18:49:52 -0800
Subject: Re: Seeking Trust... 118.14

Dear beloved,

How are you today,I am Rev. Regina Wand Smith a cancer patient for
15years but my Dr. Jack white is my Doctor told me that I will not
live more than five days because my condition is bad.

I told God that I will use my US$60 Million in America for Charity.

kindly get back to me if you are willing to use $50 Million for Charity and $10 Million for you.

You have to be honest with me because God own our lives.

Please,get back to me with this email address below.

Rev. Regina Wand Smith.

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