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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: Dunlap Ann <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:01:49 +0100
Subject: Humanity

With due respect and Humanity, I was compelled to write to you under a
humanitarian ground.
My name is Mrs. Ann Maysaa Dunlap,I am married to Mr.Albert J. Dunlap
directors J.D Industries Ghana. We were married for 26 years without a
child. He died after a Cardiac Arteries Operation. And Recently, My Doctor
told me that I would not last for the next six months due to my cancer
problem (cancer of the lever and stroke).
Before my husband died last year there is the sum of $7,2 Million Dollars
that he deposited in spain security company. Presently this money is still
in spain.
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to any good God
fearing brother or sister that will utilize this fund the way I am going to
instruct herein.
I want somebody that will use this Fund according to the desire of my late
husband. to help less Privileged people, Orphanages, widows and propagating
the word of God.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this
fund, And I don't want in away where this money will be used in an ungodly
This is why I am taking this decision to hand you over this Fund. I am not
afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I want you to always
remember me in your daily prayers because of my up coming Cancer Surgery.
Thanks for now and may God bless you and your family.
Please get back to me at (
Best Regards,
Mrs. Ann Dunlap

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