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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: Carol Collymore <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 19:46:16 +0100
Subject: Hello

Hello, good day,

After going through your profile, I have this faith that you will never
betray me or take advantage of my current health condition, and with the
doctor's prescription, I don't know my fate. I am suffering from Lung and
Bronchus Cancer and the doctor has said I have a short time to live.

Early last year I lost my husband and my only child in an auto crash and
ever since then life has never been easy for me. Why I contacted you is the
$7.5 million United States Dollars my late husband deposited with a bank.
My late husband told me the purpose was to start a Cocoa Merchant which
didn't work out because of his sudden death.

I will need your help to use this money and look for viable business the
money can be channeled into. I will as well want you to use 30 percent of
the money to help the less privileged children and poor widows.
Soon, I will be going on a journey I'm not sure if I will return. My second
surgery will be taking place sooner or later.

Please I need your urgent response.

Remain blessed
Carol Collymore

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