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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 Joy Titus <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 04:44:09 -0700
Subject: Cry for help

Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal
ethics, also hope that you are and your family are safe from the
deadly covid 19 pandemic? I know that this mail will come to you as a
surprise, but please do not be discouraged with my proposal it was due
to how things are moving. However, this correspondence is unofficial
and private, and it should be treated as such.

At first I will like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk
and trouble free to both parties.I am writing this letter to you with
many tears My eyes and heart ache. As I say to you, I am Joy Tittus,
aged 58,an aging widow suffering from long time illness I have the sum
of $17.5M Dollars For you to use the fund for God’s work.Please if you
would be able to use the funds for the Lord’s work,reply
Yours in the Lord
Mrs.Joy Titus

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