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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: Mr Eric Smith <>
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 14:36:22 +0100

Greetings to you

I Mr Eric Smith wrote from a hospital where there was bladder cancer, and I
also failed surgery because of the high risk of cancer. I am a 75 year old
widower and I am no longer married. In addition, the latest medical
examination shows that I will not live for more than three months. My
country is (Brazil) but I live in the United State of America. So, I made
contact with you so that you could be the beneficiary of the money you
inherited from my ex-wife. Depending on your agreement, I will credit you
with the bank's management and ask them to pay you some of 3.5Million
Dollars into your bank account immediately.

Also I want you to get back to me with your full details.

1. full Name:_________________
2. Address:________________
3. Country:_________________
4. Phone Number:____________
5. Occupation:_______________
6. Sex:___________
7. Age:_____________

Yours truly,
Best Regards
Mr Eric Smith
call or text sms on this number: +1719-297-1288

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