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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. Deborah Coleman" <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 05:46:59 +0100
Subject: Greetings my dear,

Greetings my dear,

I am Mrs. Deborah Coleman (Citizen of the United States of America), an
elderly widow who suffers from a prolonged illness (cancer), I am currently
admitted to a private hospital, I have some funds value of US$4,500,000.00
US Dollars that I inherited from my late husband, Mr. Willem Frank Coleman,
which he deposited in a bank, and I need a very honest and God fearing
family that can use these funds for the work of God and 40% of the total
funds will be for their compensation for doing this work of God in charity
home in your country.

Please, if your Family will be able to use these funds for the Lord's work,
respond kindly for more details.

Contact me by e-mail address: ( )for more
details on how we can proceed.

Thank you for your contributions and keep blessing.

Waiting for your Urgent Response.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.
Yours in Christ.
Sis Mrs. Deborah Coleman

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