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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. Linda Nadya Arthur" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 15:00:25 +0100
Subject: Hello: Donation For You.

How are you my dearest Friend In the Lord?

Kindly allow me to introduce myself briefly, I am Mrs. Linda Nadya Arthur.
I'm from Canada but my husband is an
Japanese origin we live in the United Kingdom, I m 58 years old and suffering
from long time illness Cancer. I have sum Money Sum of $17.5M For you to use the
fund for God's work Help The Poor and Needy Around you and other part
of the world.
I found your e-mail address as a real Child of God,

for over a month now that I have been praying about you to know if
really you are working according to the direction of God so after all
my prayers I am convince, and I have decided to contact you, Please if
you would be able to use the funds for the Lord's work, with trust
reply me with this e-mail address: ( This
fund is Risk Free Okay

Yours in the Lord
Mrs. Linda Nadya Arthur.

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