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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. Doreen Leohau" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 13:28:38 +0100
Subject: My Beloved In The Lord.

Good day Dearest in the Lord,

Greetings in the name of our lord Jesus Christ. I am writing this
mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great sorrow in my heart,
Please be honest to me. My name is Mrs. Doreen Leohau, I am a dying
woman who has decided to donate what I have to the Charities. I am 75
years old and was diagnosed for cancer about four years ago,
immediately after the death of my husband.

I have some funds which I inherited from my late husband, the sum of
USD $2 Million and I needed a very honest and God fearing person who
can receive this funds for Charity works.

Please if you would be able to use the funds for the Charity works
please kindly let me know immediately. Please kindly respond quickly
for further details if you can handle this task.

Mrs. Doreen Leohau

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