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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:

Date: Fri, 3 Sep 2021 13:25:30 -0700

Good Day

please don't be bothered as to why you have been contacted for this
and its genuineness as I have done so from a pure motive, I am Maria
Elisabeth, a German citizen, wife of late Georg W Schaeffler, you can
see here:

The intention of this email is to be of immense blessing to people,
with my age, I can't continue to amass wealth without giving out,I am
indulging myself with such act that will be considered a blessing to
others, it is my hope that as you receive this money and that it would
be of great use to you and also that you can also assist others from

I crave your indulgence to keep this offer discreet as I don't want to
make this a public affair, so if you are willing to accept the gift, I
will make you a beneficiary, As I send this message to you, I have
also sent it to churches, orphanages, and charitable organizations.
now with all this being said, if you are ready to receive your part of
€1,700,000 {one Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Euro}from my cede of
€50Million, kindly introduce yourself in full details,

Full Name,
Telephone Number,

Thereafter I shall grant you a letter to authorize the money to you
from the bank, please my dear ,this is my personal wealth as it
doesn't need any formal procedures, and for the sake that it might
seem too easy for you to receive this gift don't justify that life is
easy, I would crave your indulgence not to refer any person whatsoever
to me so that I can have my peace. I am doing this as a free-spirit
gift and I made the contact myself to you, therefore, don’t refer to
any person and don’t make a public/media show of this as I would not
like any publicity of any sort.

I will wait for your email to do further. Stay blessed.


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