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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: Wendy Jane <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 20:47:50 +0200

Dearest Friend in the Lord,
Sorry to bother you with my letter.
I found your profile in an Orphanage/Charity directory with your
contact information attached to it. Taking into consideration your
status and result oriented profile i consider a perfect choice to
achieve result in this project.I am Mrs. Wendy Jane Williams, a cancer
patient, married to late Dr McCauley Scott Williams who was a very
successful Gold businessman. I am donating the sum of $30.5 million
United State Dollars to you for charity works in Your Country.I want
you to use it and help the underprivileged and widows since i cannot
do it myself due to my cancer problem, my doctors have revealed that i
will not last long. I hope you accept my kind gesture.
I wait for your reply for details.
Mrs. Wendy Jane Williams

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