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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2020 19:08:23 +0100
Subject: From Natha


Greetings, my name is Natha Sutanawarakul Chang Yeng age 39 years, only wife to late Usman Hamza to Gold and Diamond merchant from Thailand but currently residing in a refugee camp here in Togo. I have no child with my husband

I am suffering from long time Cancer of breast. From indications my condition is really deteriorating it’s quite obvious that I won't live more than 8 months according to doctors. I have 18 Million Dollars details with a firm

I also have a private and sensitive issue to discuss with you which I believe it will be beneficial to us both. Please confirm that your email address is correct and safe by sending your

Reply for further update. Reply on my email address

Thank you.
Natha Sutanawarakul Chang Yeng

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