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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: Kate Kate <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2022 23:58:04 +0000
Subject: Dearest One Complimets Of The Season,

Good Day,

My name is Mrs. Kate; I got your email address from your country
directory when i was searching for a reliable and God fearing person,
Please remember to always check your inbox, spam or junk folders as
you know network is very bad this days, Please is not a hoax or spam

I am an Esophageal Cancer patient, and presently hospitalized. My
doctor says I have a few months to live. I have been touched by God to
donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to you for good
work of God.

I will be going in for an operation soon. I decided to WILL/donate the
sum of $5,500,000.00 to you for the good work of God, to set up a
foundation for the orphanage, widows and other people around the world
including the nurse who God has use mightily to help me and in the
cause of helping me he lost his job.

Now I want you to stand as my next of kin to claim the funds for
charity purposes. Because of this money remains unclaimed after my
death, the bank executives or the government will take the money as
unclaimed fund and maybe use it for selfishness and worthless
ventures, I want you to claim this money and use it for Charity
works, for orphanages, widows and also build schools and churches for
less privilege that will be named after my late husband and my name.

Am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail. I found your e-mail
address in the web directory, and I have decided to contact you for
this humanitarian work, but if for any reason you find this mail
offensive, you can ignore it and do not reply me. Please accept my

I need your urgent answer to know if you will be able to execute this
project, and I will give you more information on how the fund will be
transferred to your bank account or online banking.

I will provide you more details information after knowing your
willingness to handle this funds.

Thanks and God bless.

Mrs. Kate

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