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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 Sharon Suzuki" <>
Date: 01 Jun 2021 18:07:47 -0700
Subject: Can I Trust You??

I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears in my eyes and great sorrow in my heart. I am (Mrs.)Sharon Suzuki  from Japan and a 63 years old widow suffering from long time Cancer of the breast. From all indications my condition is really deteriorating here in the hospital.

I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband , the sum of ($2,000,000,00) which he deposited in a Bank  .I want to trust you to use these funds for Charity work, helping the Less Privileges, and 20% of this money will be for your time and expenses, while 80% goes to charities.

I am not stupid, all the people I know have disappointed me as I am sick, they would not obey my wish even organisations , rather they will use my money for themselves. I decided to trust someone that does not know me well to do my wish.

Please let me know if I can TRUST YOU ON THIS to carry out this favour for me.  I look forward to your prompt reply  for more details .

Yours sincerely
Mrs.Sharon Suzuki

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