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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: Mrs Susan Williams <>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2022 20:39:24 -0700

As a formal introduction I’m Mrs Susan W Philip an America citizens
Also an investor in Kyiv, Ukraine . I’m contacting you from the
refugee camp in Poland .

During Russia invasion I was able to moved away two trunks metal
boxes containing $40 million USD away from my office in Kyiv. The
source of the money was a contract I did with the Ukrainian oil and
gas company .

The said boxes is presently with a security company in Poland for sale keeping
If you can help me claim the boxes on my behalf pending while I’m
still in refugee camp . I shall give you %20 of the total amount of
the money in those boxes .

I shall give you more details once you show your willingness to help .
You are humbly advised to contact me through my email address

Remember this transaction is %100 risk free and the boxes was
registered as family treasure so therefore no one knows the contents
of those boxes apart from you and I .

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Susan W Philip

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