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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: Robin Renee Sanders <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 09:20:39 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I Need Your Urgent Co-Operation


Dear Beloved I am Mrs. Robin Renee Sanders citizens, i am in the hospital undergoing a serious treatment for  esophageal cancer. I was recently transferred from United Kingdom to James OSU cancer center  in Columbus Ohio United States of America. I have since lost my ability to talk and my Doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live, due to my serious illness and bad news given to me by my doctors, I  therefore seize  this opportunity to notify you that I Mrs. Teresa wood Philips had decided to made you a beneficiary to my ''WILL'', which based on my personal visit & search in the export promotion council from the internet  where your details was well convinced to me of you been a reliable and trust worthy fellow, I want you to assure me that you will not betray neither disappoint my trust on you at the end of the transaction. Beloved me and late husband left the sum of twenty three  Million United States dollars( $23,000,000.00 ) in two trunks metal boxes with a security company . I know this might sound unbelievable to you, but i tell you it's real and true.
I have decided to do this based on my short notice and limited time state by my doctors, i decided in my mind that i should give this resources to you , where my desire is that you help take Good care of the needy ones in your country or around your region, such as motherless babies homes, widows, hurricane victims and churches, Note also that before my illness. i have been carrying out this assignment similar to this project just  after the death of my husband.
As soon as i know your readiness to work and help me on this issues, i shall refer you to my attorney, for both of you to sworn into action in further. You are humbly advised to contact me  through my email address Yours Faithfully,Mrs Robin Renee Sanders

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