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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: dr regina <>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 2021 08:53:54 -0800

Dear Trusting Friend,
My name is Mrs. Regina Laura Santos ,from Texas in MALAYSIA and
currently hospitalized in a private hospital in kuala lumpur malaysia
as a result of brain cancer.Due to my health situation
I'm donating the sum of $20.5m for the work of
God and charity May the good Lord bless you.

I will reveal further details to you as soon as I receive your positive
reply .this is to assist in doing the good work of God and by His grace,
God will empower you to carry on and there will be peace in the World.
Reply back to me immediately for more details.
send your

1. Your Name in Full:

2. Your Address:

3. Youre Occupation:

4. Your Nationality;

5. Your City;

6. Youre Telephone:

7. Mobile number:

8. Your Age:

9. Your Gender:

day and God bless you.

Mrs. Regina Laura Santos

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