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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: dessy <>
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2021 07:21:18 -0600
Subject: My Donation $ 6,300,000.00

My Dear
With a warm heart.I'm soliciting for your assistance and partnership to
establish a charity foundation in your country, I'm donating the sum of ($
6,300,000.00) to you, to fight against cancer and covid-19 .
To this I would be so graceful and in order to help the poor to give what
amounts to said legacy to enable you to establish a charitable foundation
in my name.Please contact me for more details via
Awaiting your prompt reply, receive my cordial and fraternal greetings.
Yours Sincerely
Ms Dessy Baharudina

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