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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 Alondra Bello <>
Date: Mon, 10 May 2021 13:31:50 +0000
Subject: From Mrs.Alondra Bello.

Dearest Friend,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I am mrs.Alondra
Bello,a widow to Late Mr N'geussan Bello.I am 56 years old origin
from france married in west africa and a cancer of breast patient, i
want to donate the sum of 6.5M (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand
Dollars)which my let husband deposited in a security firm before his
died,i want you to help me distribute to less privileges in your
country or any investment of your choice Because doctor have told me
that i will not last up to one or two months please get back to me
as soon as possible for more information,
My best regards to you.
Yours sincerely
Mrs.Alondra Bello N'geussan

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