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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: Vida Kuzman <>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2022 12:14:14 +0000
Subject: Greetings

I am Mrs. Vida Kuzman From United States living in Côte D'Ivoire, I am
a widow without a child suffering from long time illness (Cancer and
Kidney damage) there is funds I inherited from my late loving husband
Mr. Williams  Kuzman  , the sum of ($2,500,000.00)
I need a honest and Faithful person that can use these funds for
humanity work. 70% of this funds for orphanages, school and widows,
propagating the word and other humanitarian works,

The remaining 30% should be yours for your efforts as the new
beneficiary. Please if you would be able to use these funds for
humanitarian work kindly reply to me. As soon as I have received your
response, I will give you further directives on how you are to go
about the claims of the said funds.

Remain blessed.
Mrs.  Vida Kuzman

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