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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. Therese Nina" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 06:50:25 +0000
Subject: Remain Blessed

Hello Dear,

Am Mrs. Therese Nina I know that this message will be a surprise to
you. Firstly, I am married to Mr. Patrick Nina, A gold merchant who
owns a small gold mine in Austria; He died of Cardiovascular Disease
in mid-March 2011. During his lifetime, he deposited the sum of Eight
million, Five hundred thousand Euros. in a bank in Vienna the capital
city of Austria in Europe. The deposited money was from the sale of
the shares, death benefits payment and entitlements of my deceased
husband by his company.

I am sending this message to you praying that it will reach you in
good health since I am not in good health in which I sleep every night
without knowing if I may be alive to see the next day. I am suffering
from long term cancer and presently I am partially suffering from a
stroke illness which has become almost impossible for me to move
around. I need your urgent answer to know if you will be able to
execute this project, and I will give you more information on how the
fund will be transferred to your bank account.

Mrs. Therese Nina

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