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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!

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Fraud email example:

Reply-To: "Liz Adams, Alzheimer's Association" <>
Date: Mon, 04 Jul 2022 04:32:36 -0400
Subject: Wishing you a safe and happy Independence Day

Thank you for being a part of our
community on Independence Day and every day.

Alzheimer's Association


We are united in our fight to end Alzheimer's.

Dear Anthony,

Today is Independence Day, when many
of us might gather with family and friends and celebrate our nation's

On this day of celebration with loved
ones, we also think of those we've lost to Alzheimer's disease -
the fathers who loved fireworks, the mothers who never missed the
parades, the grandparents who made us smile with stories from the
past. Their lives and their legacies inspire us to achieve a healthier
future for all. We stand strong in our commitment that we will realize
our vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia.

Today, at the Alzheimer's Association,
we fight for another kind of freedom - that we'll reach the day,
together, when we'll all finally be free of this devastating disease.
A day when no one will have to fear Alzheimer's, and no more lives
will be lost to any form of dementia.

That includes the lives of America's
brave veterans. Research has shown that veterans - especially
those who have sustained traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic
stress disorder - are at higher risk of dementia.

For America's heroes, and for the
people we love, our fight must continue. Even on this national
holiday, Alzheimer's caregivers are working hard providing care and
support to the people they love, while scientists around the world are
advancing research toward new methods of treatment, prevention and,
ultimately, a cure.

We know holidays can be a difficult
time for those who've experienced loss and for families who are caring
for someone living with Alzheimer's. If you are in need of care or
support, or you know someone who needs help, we are here all day,
every day. You can reach us at our free 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900)
or find helpful resources at, including

Alzheimer's Navigator®,

ALZ Connected®, and links to

local support in your community.

As you celebrate this very special
day, please know that you play an important role in furthering our
mission to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia
- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and
early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

Thank you for being part of our caring
community, united in purpose, and for all that you do to advance our

Wishing you a safe and happy July 4th

Liz Adams
Chief Development Officer



P.S. On this July 4th, I invite you to
honor a special person in your life who has been affected by Alzheimer's
with a generous gift. And, if you'd like to learn more about your
impact on our fight, discover more about available resources or read
about recent research updates, please visit

We are united in our fight to end Alzheimer's.

Your donation will strengthen our efforts
to advance Alzheimer's care, support and research. From face-to-face
support to online education programs and promising global research
initiatives, your gift makes a difference in the lives of all those
affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias in your community and
across the world. Thank you for your continued support.

Alzheimer's Association Home Office, 225
N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

© 2022 Alzheimer's
Association. All rights reserved.
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