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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: Mary Cubbison <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 17:53:00 +0100
Subject: Greeting My Beloved.

Greetings in the name of the lord,

I will like to know you more so that i will entrust my hope on you
about my late husband wishes.I am a widow suffering from cancer of the
breast as i have ten million five hundred thousand united state
dollars left at the bank by my late husband which i will give you the
full details to enable the bank transfer this funds to you which you
will engaged into charity service so that the poor,needy and the less
privileged will benefit from this humanity vision.I will be waiting
for your response and i hope you will do as i will instruct you.Please

I am waiting for your resonse to enable me detail you more on this issue.

Let the light of God shine on you with peace and love
Yours Faithfully
Mrs Mary Cubbison

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