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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 Kathleen Coloma <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 08:55:40 -0800


May the peace of God be with you and your family. I know it will be a
great surprise reading from me today but consider this a divine
intervention as a Priest explained to my understanding. My name is Mrs
Kathleen Coloma a widow from Oklahoma USA and I am writing to you from
my sickbed because I have been fighting cancer and the doctors say I
have only a few weeks left. I want to entrust my $8.5 million USD to
your care for charity purposes to help the less privileged as my late
husband's relatives want me dead so that they will claim all my late
husband and I worked for. I will tell you more about myself and what you
need to do with the money once you receive it. Please write to me soon
as my health is pretty bad and my doctors say I will be moved to the
intensive care unit anytime soon.

Have a blessed day and please do pray for me.
God bless you
Mrs Kathleen Coloma


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