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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.Anna Bruun" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 00:58:02 -0700


Please forgive me for stressing you with my predicaments and I sorry
to approach you through this media because it serves the fastest
means of communication. I came across your Email from my personal
search and I decided to contact you believing you will be honest to
fulfill my final wish before I die.

I am Mrs.Anna Bruun, 63 years, from Norway, I am childless and
suffering from a pro-long critical cancer, my doctors confirmed I
may not live beyond two months from now as my ill health has defiled
all forms of medical treatment.

Since my days are numbered, I have decided willingly to fulfill my
long-time promise to donate you the sum ($10.8) Million US
Dollars and 160 kg of Gold bar I inherited from my late husband Mr.
Albert Bruun,in a
foreign Bank account over years.

I need a very honest person who can assist in
transferring of this money to his or her account and use the funds for
charities work of God, I want you to
know that there are no risks involved, it is 100% hitch free & safe. If you
will be interested to assist in getting this fund into your account
for charity project to fulfill my promise before I die, please let me
know immediately. I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality as
Below is my email contact as stated

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I wait for your reply.

Remain blessed,
Mrs.Anna Bruun

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