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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: "Diane Hendricks" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2021 00:42:24 +0300
Subject: Re: ** Humanitarian Proposal **


I am Diane, I bring to you a humanitarian project I am involved in, I know there will be some suspicion of this mail but I do plead with you to contact me for further details to erase any doubts and I promise you that you will not regret this.

Please get back to me on this email "" as I humbly await your response.

Remain Blessed
Mrs. Diane Hendricks

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