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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. E Janet. Allan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 16:25:42 +0200
Subject: Dear Beloved !

Greetings my beloved Friend,
Please forgive me for stressing you with my predicaments as I know that this letter may come to you as big surprise. Actually, I came across your E-mail from my personal search afterward I decided to email you directly believing that you will be honest to fulfill my final wish before or after my death.
Meanwhile, I am Mrs. E Janet. Allan, 73 years, from UK, childless and a widow. I am suffering from Adenocarcinoma Cancer of the lungs for the past 6 years and from all indication my condition is really deteriorating as my doctors have confirmed and courageously advised me that I may not live beyond 8 weeks from now for the reason that my tumor has reached a critical stage which has defiled all forms of medical treatment.
Since my days are numbered, Iíve decided willingly to fulfill my long-time vow over to donate to the underprivileged the sum of $12 Million (Twelve million five hundred thousand dollars). I have tried to exercise this project by myself but I have seen that my health could not allow me to do so anymore. My promise for the poor includes building of well-equipped charity foundation hospital and a technical school.
If you will be honest, kind, humble and willing to assist me exercise this function as Iíve mentioned here, I will like you to provide me your personal data like,
(1) Your full name:
(2) country:
(3) phone number:
(4) Age:
(5) Address:
I am looking forward to your reply.
Best Regards!
Your Beloved in God,
Mrs. E Janet. Allan.

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