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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: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 01:54:49 -0700
Subject: Greetings My Dear,

Beloved in Christ.

Greetings my dear, I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears
in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart. As I informed you
earlier, I am (Mrs.)Sandra Sharon Bricks from American and a
widow to late Mr.Bricks, I am 63 years old, suffering from long
time Cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is
really deteriorating and it's quite obvious that I won't live
more than 2 weeks according to my doctors.

I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband
Mr.Bricks a huge sum , deposited in a Finance Company . I need a
very honest,reliable and God fearing person that can use these
funds for Charity work, helping the Less Privileges, and 40% of
this money will be for your time and expenses, while 60% goes to

Please let me know if I can TRUST YOU ON THIS to carry out this
favor for me. I look forward to your prompt reply for more
details .

Yours sincerely
Mrs.Sandra Bricks
9100 K Street, NW
Suite 101,Washington, DC 69110, USA

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