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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. Sharon Grossklaus" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 18:14:33 +0100
Subject: Message From Mrs. Sharon Grossklaus

I know this proposal will definitely come to you as a huge surprise. I
am Mrs.Sharon Grossklaus a dying woman with deadly
cancer(Hepatocellular carcinoma) I want to fulfill my Late husband
wish of donating sum of $7.5m (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand
United State Dollars) to the needy and to those who are deformity of
one illness or the other. I am making you my intermediary kindly
accept this with an open heart and get back to me for more details.

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