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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. Rosemary Jessie" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 12:27:00 +0100
Subject: Hi

My Dear,

May the peace of the Lord be unto you and your household Amen? I am
Mrs. Rosemary Jessie, I am writing you now from the Hospital due to my
cancer sickness,

Please I have a fund I inherited from my late husband Mr. Gabriel
Jessie the sum of ($3,400,000.00 USD) and I want to donate it in your
name to help the less privilege, widows and motherless home in your

Write me to my email: ( ) I will give you
the complete details,

I will be happy to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bless you

Yours faithful Sister.

Mrs.Rosemary Jessie

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