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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: Sandra Mbame <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 05:06:47 +0200
Subject: Can you handle this project?

Hello ,

My name is Mrs Sandra Mbame, widow to late John Mbame .I am suffering from
Cancer of the breast.Since my doctor said i can't live more than 4 months
again.I will want you to claim my funds(Eight Million, Seven Hundred
Thousand United States dollars and help my only son as well distribute part
of it to the charity.The funds is presently deposited with a Security
Company in Malaysia.I will give you 20% of the total fund for your
assistance while you invest 50% for my Son and use the rest for charity.

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust ?

I wait your response for more details.

Mrs Sandra Mbame.
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