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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. Hilary Agnes" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 19:27:56 +0200
Subject: Please Reply As Quickly..

Hello My Dear One,
This is importantly urgent, and it my reason of contacting, but whatever y=
ou, kindly reply quickly enough. I have sent you massage twice to this part=
icular email address but, I have not received your reply. Kindly let me kno=
w if this your email address is still working and I will resend it to you a=
gain if you confirmed to me that you have not received the previous two mes=
sages. It is very urgent, please my sweet dear.
Actually, the reason I tried severally to reach you is because I am willin=
g to donate and change my WILL to your names to benefit the sum of GBP=A312=
=2E5, million British pounds, for the help of the less privileged and homel=
ess and old age people in your country and other countries of your choice o=
f which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbursement and shar=
ing of this money to organizations that I will appoint. Meanwhile, you will=
also get 30% of the money which will be; Three million, seven hundred and =
fifty thousand Great British Pounds (=A33,750,000GBP) as your compensation =
for helping me fulfill this desire of donation.
Quickly get back to me as soon as possible you receive this message, this =
is because my health condition in the hospital here is critical and I do no=
t have much hope to live longer as the doctors reports have indicated The c=
ancer of leukemia has overwhelmed my body and blood system. It is really cr=
itical on me as I am speaking to you.
May the Grace and Love of our GOD Almighty be with you and your family, pl=
ease for further discussion, reply to me with my email address ( agnehillar= )
Please Call Me As Quickly As You Receive This Message (+44-79-1624-5456)
I wait for your urgent reply.
Remain blessed
Mrs. Agnes Hilary.

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