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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 Sarah Daniel <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:55:44 -0800
Subject: Donation for charity work of God

Donation for charity work of God

Greetings to you and sorry if this message came to you as a surprise.My
name is Mrs Sarah Daniel a widow, I found your email address through my
late husbands internet dater late Mr. Daniel

I am presently admitted at the hospital suffering from a blood cancer and
Parkinson diseases. I have only about a few months to live and I want you
to Transfer the sum of ( $6.200,000.00) united states dollars to your
account so you can assist me Distribute my funds to charity homes in your
country ,

I have set aside 20% for you and your family keep while you donate 80% to
the less privilege people,

I will give you more details or full story as soon as i receive your reply
as the fund was deposited with a bank

Remain Blessed

Mrs Sarah Daniel

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