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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: "Ms. Clara Ahmed" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:36:29 +0000
Subject: My Dear Please Use This Fund To Help The Orphans.

Hello Dear,

I am Ms. Clara Ahmed, I was married to my late husband, Dr. Walid
Ahmed, a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Please, I decided to contact you due
to my health condition. I am having a breast cancer diagnosis. Please
I need your prayers.

Due to my health condition I have decided to donate you this amount
to you Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling
Only (£ 7,500,000.00 GBR) for you to build homes for the less
privileged orphans and the poor of your country.

After my doctor told me that I have only a few months to live because
of the stage of my sickness problem, I want you to know that 40% of
the total fund is for your personal use, while 60% is for the project.

I will send you more details as soon as I receive your reply Am
waiting for your urgent response and remain blessed in the name of the

Best regards,
Ms. Clara Ahmed.

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