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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:

Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2021 13:19:02 -0800
Subject: Your Consent/Cooperation!!!


Please I got your contact via searching I made on the Internet.
Greetings from my sincere heart. I have been undergoing treatment for
Cancer. I am writing to you regarding the donation I want to make for
the help of the less privilege people in the society through you

My husband was murdered alongside our only son by those who are
envious of his position in the same office. Before his death he made a
vow to use his wealth for the down trodden, orphanages and the less
privileged in the society.

Having known my critical condition I decided to donate this fund to an
individual or better still a God fearing person like you who will
utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I am
seriously down by the cancer.

I will officially hand you over this money before I die, why because
if I die the bank will just use the money for their selfish interest
while the poor less privilege will be in sorrow out there, if this
happen my spirit will not be at rest if I die. Please understand my
point here.

What is required of you is your honest, trust and sincerity.

I will like to speak with you on phone, can you provide your direct number?.


My Regards To You And Your Family.

Thanks With Deep Love & Gratitude.


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