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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. Linda Nikko Arthur" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 15:58:14 +0100
Subject: Hello My Beloved Friend,

Hi, My dear good friend Donations For you.

With Due Respect And Humility, I was compelled to write you under
humanitarian ground.
My Donation To You In Good Faith, Let me Introduce my self to you My
Dear good Friend,
I am Mrs. Linda N. Arthur. I'm from Canada but my husband is an
Japanese origin, I m 61 years old and again widow suffering
from long time illness Cancer. I have the sum of $17.5M For you to use the
fund for God’s work. I found your e-mail address as a real Child of
for over a month now that I have been praying about you to know if
really you are working according to the direction of God so after all
my prayers I am convince, and I have decided to contact you over this
project, Please if
you would be able to use the funds for the Lord’s work and help the
poor onse around the world, with trust
reply me with this e-mail address here: (
Or (,

your reply is needed Immediately you receive this massage now for more
information about this fund.

Yours in the Lord
Mrs. Linda N. Arthur.

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