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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: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 02:46:46 -0700
Subject: Re: My Dear Beloved One in the Lord.

Hello Dearest

My Name is Mrs. Anna H. Bruun From Norway,I Need Your urgent help for
charity foundation with $10.8 million and 165KG Gold Bar,Contact me
bellow if interested, Its because of my health that I am doing this
since my health wont allow me do it myself, I need you to contact me
back as urgent as possible so I can give you more details and contact
details of the bank to enable you contact the bank.

Bello is my email
Mrs.Anna Bruun

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