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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.Laureen Gabanani" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 16:50:46 +0800
Subject: Good morning ,

Greetings to you.

I'm Mrs. Chao Laureen Gabanani 69 years old widow from Ivory Coast,
suffering from long time Cancer and Fibroid,I have donation of (€12.8
million Euro) for the upkeep of CHARITY WORK/ widows, orphans,
destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged children, to build
a place of worship to also help and support the handicaps. if you are
trusted and know you can handle this project whit the fear of GOD get
back to me at( for more details.

Hoping to hearing from you
Remain blessed
Mrs. Chao Laureen Gabanani.

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