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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: Sharon Richardson <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 02:33:26 -0800

Dear trusting friend in God,

This is Mrs. Sharon Richardson from London, 58 years an aging widow
suffering from a long-term illness. I have the sum of $10,500,000.00
USD {Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars} for you
to use the fund for God’s work. I found your Email address as a real
Child of God for over a month now that I have been praying about you
to know if really you are working according to the direction of God so
after all my prayers I am convinced, and I have decided to contact
you, Please if you would be able to use the funds for the Lord’s work,
with trust reply me with this Email address:
{} so that i will gives you guide on what to
do next okay.

Thank you
Yours to the Lord
Mrs. Sharon Richardson.

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