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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: Terry Robert <>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:48:34 +0200
Subject: Dear beloved One,

Dear beloved One,

I am Mrs.Terry Robert, an ageing widow suffering from long time
illness. i am currently admitted in a privet hospital in Abidjan, I
have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr Michael
Robert, the sum of ($ 2.8 million,United States) which he deposited
in BANK Here. and I need a very honest and God fearing Christian that
can use this funds for God's work and 15% out of the total funds will
be for your compasation for doing this work of God. I found your email
address from your country Organisation and after my prayers I decided
to contact you. Please if you would be able to use these funds for the
Lord's work kindly reply me so that I will give you every necessary &
legal information for your easy claim.

Your Sister In The Lord.
Mrs.Terry Robert.

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