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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: Jennifer edmond <>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2021 20:34:23 +0000
Subject: Greetings, beloved in the Lord,

Greetings, beloved in the Lord,
May the peace of God be with you and your family
I'm Mrs. Jennifer Edmond from Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. Beloved i choose
to contact you because i have a fund of $3.200,000.00 (Three Million Two
Hundred Thousand United state dollars)that I inherited from my late husband
that i want to donate through you for orphanage and charity project, I’m a
widow i have no child with my late husband, i worked with a waterboard
agency, but i have been suffering from blood cancer for so long now which
forced me to retire from my job and have been admitted to the hospital for
treatment, my fear is about what the doctor informed me, after series of
test on me that i may not live long because of the sickness and I'm afraid
of losing this fund to the wicked government here.
I will appreciate your honesty and courage to accept and handle this fund
to help the orphan and the charity home.
As soon as I receive your message regarding your interest in this fund to
help the charity home and the less privileges, I will give you more details
about this fund.
Please beloved I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thanks and have a blessed day
Mrs. Jennifer Edmond

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