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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: Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 13:26:26 +0100
Subject: THIS IS Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard

THIS IS Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard

Good day how are you doing this is Mrs ambassador I've been sending you an
email but no response from you please you have to get back to me because
it's an urgent or you send me your WhatsApp number But we are having
misunderstanding because a lady by name Mrs. Delores Olea, from United
States of America called our Office on Friday stating that she is your new
next of kin that you have given her the power of attorney to claim your
unpaid ATM CARD Fund worth of $4.8Million United State Dollars, she clearly
informed our Office that you have instructed her to receive the funds on
your favor that you are greatly Will which makes it impossible for you to
ask all our calls and email to you so far that you cannot work or answer
any calls due your presently health condition.

Executive Board of Director Federal Ministry of Finance World are currently
and so confuse about her claim that is why the authority instructed me to
contact you for us to know if she is telling us the truth or not to avoid
delivering of your unpaid fund worth of $4.8Million United State Dollars to
unexpected person as we have no clue about this person Mrs. Delores Olea.

She also forwarded below information DETAILS to us for the delivery of your
unpaid inheritance Payment worth the total sum of $4.8Million United State
Dollars. ( Email- FULL NAME== Mrs.Delores Olea
75007 PHONE NUMBER== (845) 218-1685 ) Kindly check this information and
name if we can go ahead and deliver the funds to her info.

Reconfirm the information below

1. Your Full Name:====== 2. Your Telephone No:=== 3. Your Country:======== 4. Your Home Address:===

We wait to hear from you soon. Don't keep us waiting for your own good.

Ambassador Mrs Mary Beth Leonard

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