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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: "Susanna Wright" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 08:22:26 +0100
Subject: How are you doing today?,,

Hello Dear,
How are you doing today? Compliments of the season to you over there, please permit me to introduce myself to you before i proceed to disclose my aim of writing to you. My name is Mrs Rebecca Susanna Wright I was born in Troupe,I got married to Late Mr. Douglas Wright, I am living in London and now hospitalized. I'm currently suffering from Hepatocellular carcinoma and my health is
deteriorating seriously. My doctor said I may not live beyond a month; I became worried because if I die now, I don't have any reliable person that will take care of my adopted daughter Becky Wright whom I adopted in the year 2005 immediately after the pass onto glory of my late husband Mr. Douglas Wright.

I am in need of a reliable person with a good heart that will bring up Becky and take care of her until she's grown and finished her education and God directed me to you while i was praying, i have always been praying, begging God for a God fearing person, I strongly believe that you are the person that can take Becky as his own daughter, this is the
reason I sent you this letter. Hence, I inherited the sum of Fifty-five Million, eight Hundred Thousand Dollars, ($55,800,000.00USD) ) from my late Husband and if you consider my proposal worth handling, then I am ready and willing to entrust my inheritance to you before I die to enable you take care of my daughter and do my last wishes which are as follows:

Get back to me for further details.

Remain blessed!
Mrs Rebecca Susanna Wright.

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