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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: Elizabeth Schubert <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 18:18:50 +0100
Subject: $14,900,000 FOR CHARITY FOUNDATION!!

I am Mrs. Elizabeth Schubert now undergoing medical treatment. I am married
to Dr. Schubert worked with the German Embassy in the Benin Republic before
he died in 2006.

We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief
illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born
again Christians. I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home, which the Bible is against.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $14,900,000.00 with
a Bank in Off-shore for charity purpose and foundation for the
less-privileged, this money is still with the Bank. Contact me here for
more details:

You are to contact my personal attorney for legal documentation on your
behalf before the bank will be able to commence with the transfer into your
personal account.

PHONE NUMBER: +229 65890960.

Sincerely yours,
Elizabeth Schubert.

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