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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. Felecia Said" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 02:59:30 -0800
Subject: Greetings to you,

Greetings to you,

I am an aging widow suffering from a long illness of cancer and now I
have very little time to live according to my doctors.

I will need you to oversee a project of which I am seeking to help the
poor with my late Husband fortune. It is my last desire as an widow
intending to give out all that I have,

Beloved My Husband deposited the sum of $4,900,000.00 which he want to
use for Charity work before his sudden death all i need from you is to
claim this fund from Bank for purpose of Orphanages, Motherless babies
homes, Poor widows, Disables and to humanitarian causes

If you are willing to handle this project on my behalf kindly reply
urgently to enable me provide you more information about the funds.

Yours in the Lord,
Mrs. Felecia Said

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