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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: Shaw <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:47:04 -0800
Subject: Can I Trust you with this Charity funds of 5.5m USD?

Hello my beloved in the Lord!

Good day

My name is Mrs. Cecilia U. Shaw, I am a dying woman who decided to
donate what I have to Charity Home. I am 78 years old and I was
diagnosed with cancer about four years ago, immediately after my
husband's death; I was moved to donate what I inherited from my late
husband for the good work.

As am writing this message from my sick bed, I want you to help me
fulfill my last wish on earth that will be very profitable for you and
your lovely family. I want to RETURN a total sum of $ 5.5 million that
I want you to distribute part of it to any charity home for me and the
rest for you and your family, will inform you on how to share
everything, please for more information, contact me ASAP. or

Please be honest

Mrs. Cecilia U. Shaw.

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