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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.Fatima Yusuf" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 00:53:22 -0700
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,

May this mail did not come to you by a mistake.

My name is Mrs.Fatima Yusuf, I have cancer and my doctor said that I
have few months to live.

Since I don't have any biological child, I decided to donate the sum
of US$3.5m which I inherited from my husband for charity.

My husband was the managing director of WAD Diamonds Plc before he died.

We were married for 8 years without a child. I want you to receive
the funds and use it for charity.

Reply as soon as possible if you are willing to undertake the
assignment. Reply at for more details.

Yours sincerely,
Fatima Yusuf.

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