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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. Agnes Hilary " <>
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 08:02:15 +0200
Subject: Hello My Dear One

Hello My Dear One, You are my only hope.
This is importantly urgent and it my reason of contacting, but however, ki=
ndly reply quickly enough. I have initially sent you massage twice to this =
particular email address but, I have not received your reply. It will be go=
od if you could kindly let me know if this your email address is still acti=
ve and working and I will resend it to you again if you confirmed to me tha=
t you have not received my previous messages. 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=
=2E.5, million British pounds, for the help of the less privileged and home=
less and old age people as well as the in your country and other countries =
of your choice of which you will be responsible in taking care of the disbu=
rsement and sharing of this money to organizations that I will appoint. Mea=
nwhile, you will also get 30% of the money which will be; Three million, se=
ven hundred and fifty thousand Great British Pounds (=A33,750,000GBP) as yo=
ur compensation for helping me fulfill this desire of donation.
Quickly do your best to get back to me as soon as possible once you receiv=
ed this message, this is because my health condition in the hospital here i=
s critical and I do not have much hope to live longer as the doctors report=
s have indicated. The cancer (leukemia) has overwhelmed my body and blood s=
ystem. It is really critical on me as I am speaking to you.
May the Grace and Love of GOD Almighty be with you and your family.
I wait for your quick response with your direct contact details of your em=
ail address and direct phone number. kindly reply to me with this email add=
ress ( )
Please Call Me As Quickly As You Receive This Message (+44-78-6586-7855)
I wait for your urgent reply.
Remain blessed
Mrs. Agnes Hilary.

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