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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. Gail Miller" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:50:08 +0300
Subject: Dear beloved,

Dear beloved,

Greetings to you! I am Mrs. Gail Miller, a citizen of the United States
of America. I bring to you a proposal worth the sum ($7,200,000.00 USD)
which I intend to use for a humanitarian project. I am happy to know you,
I have never doubted my instinct as it has never failed me, even as it has
directed me to you at this point in time so do not be afraid. I saw your
e-mail contact at the department of commerce and foreign trade. I am
writing this mail to you with heavy sorrow in my heart, it's painful to
let you know that I have been suffering for esophageal cancer and a rare
heart disease for the past 6 years and just few weeks ago my Doctor told
me that I won't survive the illness. I am contacting you because I don't
have any other option but to open up to you about my project at hand.

Please get back to me as soon as you receive this e-mail for further
details. Please endeavor to keep this confidential. I await your response.

Remain Blessed
Mrs. Gail Miller

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