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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.Grace Mbekwu" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 04:32:12 +0000
Subject: greetings my beloved

greetings my beloved
My name is Mrs.Grace Mbekwu,I am a 59 years old widow a deaf woman
and also a cancer patient I Have no child so I decided to donate what
I have to you for charity works.
I want to donate $8.5 million to you so that you will use part of this
fund to help the poor ones,while you use the rest for your family
this is my last wish.Respond now for more details
Mrs.Grace Mbekwu

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