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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:

Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 15:55:14 +0100
Subject: Mrs. Aileen Billanes

Hello Dear,

I am Mrs. Aileen Billanes, I am a citizen of Philippines,a business
woman specialized in mining of raw Gold. My late husband died in an
accident with our two daughters few years ago leaving me with our only
son whom is just 9 years old, I want to transfer 5,700,000.00 (Five
Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Euro) from the sales of gold and this
money is deposited with a firm in a metallic box which we want to
transfer to your account in your country and I am prepared to give you
30% percent of the total amount, as commission for assisting me.I Will
give you more details in my next mail after your's a
matter of urgency.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Aileen Billanes

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