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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: "Felicia sp?ro" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 02:26:24 +0100
Subject: INFO

Dear friend,
It might be a surprise to you reading from me again as I had written an earlier email to you but without a response. Presently, I'm in the hospital where I am undergoing treatment for Esophageal Cancer. I am Mrs. Felicia sp?ro, widow to late Maurientes sp?ro, former deputy defense attach? to Benin consulate in the Czech Republic. My husband was killed by those who were envious of his position in the same office.
But before his death,he deposited some money in the bank. He vowed to use his wealth for the orphanages and elderly persons who are less privileged. I have decided to donate this money to an individual, who will utilize it to fulfill the last request of my late husband, which is why I contacted you. Reply with your full names, phone number, address, and occupation so that I will give you more details.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Felicia sp?ro

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