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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: Alice Greg <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 12:17:01 +0200
Subject: Hello and how are you doing today?

Hello Dear,

Hello and how are you doing today?

My name is Mrs. Alice Francis Greg, l am a 32 years old young lady from
France and married to Mr Francis Greg from Cote d'Ivoire, meanwhile. i am
very sorry to disturb you with this mail below but i ask you to accept this
proposal with good faith and love to help me due to my present humiliation
after the death of my husband.

I lost my husband 6 months ago and the family members of my husband are
against me as they want i and my kids dead just because of the inheritance
sum of Eight Million Eight Hundred thousand Euros he left behind, estate
properties and funds in banks here for the future of my kids. he planned to
invest this funds out before his death.

Due to their bad intention as they may planned to eliminate me and my kids
so that they may have access to our inheritance, i have decided to seek
your help to help me receive this funds so that you will assist us invest
it in a good planned, as am writing to you we are in hiding.

I want to seek your help to have us move into your country, also to help me
transfer this fund into your bank account for us to fly to join you over
there, l really need your assistance.

I will be waiting for your reply,


Mrs. Alice

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