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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.Mean" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2019 18:22:55 -0400
Subject: Dear Beloved One,

I am Mrs.Mean, I got your email address from the online e-mail Database Directory through the Internet search and it's true we do not known each other but My spirit led me to write you this email.

I am a dying sick woman, writing from my sick bed, I want to donate US$10.5Miliion to you for charity Work in your country.

I write you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart because my Doctor informed me that It will take only the will of God for me to survive due to my Complicated health issues (CANCER).

Based on this, I want to transfer my inheritance money USD$10.5 Million deposited by my late husband to a faithful and God fearing person who will use it according to my desire and that of my late husband as we have no child after so many years of our marriage...

We want you to use the funds for charity causes,while 15% will be kept by you as compensation for taking this responsibility to help mankind

The disbursements should be made to charities such as orphanages, motherless babies homes,poor widows,disables and to humanitarian causes.

I will wait to hear from you if you can handle this task with honesty and please kindly reply only to my private email address here ::


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