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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: Alice Kirsten <>
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 22:18:49 -0700
Subject: Re: Your Trust.118.

Dear Beloved.

How are you today,I am Rev. Alice Kirsten a cancer patient for
15years. My Doctor told me that I few days left to live.

I told God that I will use my US60 Million in America (U.S.A) for Charity.

kindly get back to me if you are willing to do this using us50 Million for Charity and US10 Million for your self based on your honesty.

Please,get back to me soon.

Rev. Alice Kirsten

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