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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. Gina Maria Myer" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:16:51 -0700
Subject: From Mrs. Gina M. Myer 5,

Dearest Beloved in Christ,

I am Mrs. Gina Maria Myer a Portugal national based in England, I
was browsing and I saw your e-mail So I decided to write you if your
e-mail is still valid please accept my apology for this unsolicited contact, I
have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of
medical treatment, and right now I have only about a few months to live. I
am very rich, but was never generous; I have given most of my assets to my
immediate family members.

I have decided to give alms to charity organizations. I cannot do this
myself anymore because of my health. 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 ($25M) twenty five Million united states
dollars with a finance House in United State. I will want you to help me
collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations. You will
take out 25% 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 and sincerity.

Please write to me for more details.

Yours Sincerely,
Gina Maria Myer

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