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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 Suzara Maling Wan." <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 22:14:52 +0900
Subject: HELLO

I am Mrs Suzara i have a pending project of fulfillment to put in your
hand, i will need your support to make this ream come through, could
you let me know your interest to enable me give you further
information, and I hereby advice that you send the below mentioned

Since your I decided to will/donate the sum of $4.5 Million US to, you
for the good work of God, and also to help the motherless and less
privilege and also forth assistance of the widows. At the moment I
cannot take any telephone calls right now due to the fact that my
relatives (that have squandered the funds agave them for this purpose
before) are around me and my health status also. I have adjusted my
will and my lawyer is aware.

I have willed those properties to you by quoting my personal file
routing and account information. And I have also notified the bank
that I am willing that properties to you for a good, effective and
prudent work. I know I don't know you but I have been directed to do
this by God. ok Please contact this woman for more details you might
not get me on line in time

Thank you as i wait your reply.

Mrs Suzara Maling Wan

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