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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: zahere micherl <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2022 15:19:58 +0200
Subject: May God stay with you

Mrs zahere micherl I born April 30, 1947 of Ukraine nationality. I am
sending you this message from poland hospital to ask for your agreement for
the realization of a donation project that I have wanted to accomplish for
a long time.
I got your email address while researching the web pages that I managed to
get your email address.
In my prayer I asked the good Lord that I will DONATE to a person I don't
know and a person who does not expect to receive this amount and my choice
is YOU.
Please accept my donation.these money is worth of ($3.500,000.00) Three
Million,Five Hundred Thousand American Dollars donation. Please accept this
sum because it may well be of great use to you. You must answer me if you
accept my offer directly.
I feel very bad and I am very scared, I can hardly sleep at night or during
the day. I can't die without donating all this money or I think it would be
a waste.please you can contact me in

May God stay with you.

Mrs zahere micherl

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