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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: "Ludwig Christel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 12:51:10 +0200
Subject: Re: still waiting for your answer

Hello Dear,

How are you doing this day?. I am still wondering why you did not respond to the mail that I sent you few days ago. I hope you are well and everything is ok. I wish you would respond to me as soon as you receive this note because we need to reason over a project which, i believe, will be of great interest to you and helping others.

I am currently in a hospital bed in Australia where my relatives abandoned me,thinking that I am dying of my illness soonest. On the advice of my doctor I made researches online and I found your email address as I was looking for a trusted person for my social project. Give me an answer please, if you are willing to assist me realise my last wish social project, so I can give you more details about everything and how to go about it.
So, i look forward for your quick reply as time is not on my side.

Have a nice day,

Mrs Ludwig Christel

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