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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 Gera Levn <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 11:26:29 +0100

Good Day,

how are you i am Mrs Gera Levin From Israel am suffering from cancerous
ailment after the death of my i am in hospital the doctor said
i will not be alive till 6 months so i have decided to donate this money to
you as i have no child and nobody to be by my side.

The money was deposited with a security and finance firm now i have decided
to make the donation to you.the amount is $8.5million.I will need you to
send me your details such as Copy of your International Passport or any of
your Identity Card, Full Name, Home Address, Phone and Fax
Number,Nationality, and Occupation to me after you make the claim i will
like you to use part of the money for the church and orphanage home.

Remain bless
Mrs Gera Levin

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