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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. Abiha Akten" <>
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2023 13:47:09 -0800

Greetings and Sorry for intruding into your privacy.

My name is Mrs Abiha Akten . I am a Cancer Patient and the disease have taken over my entire system according to medical diagnosis and I want to donate my inheritance fund ($32Million Dollars) that my late husband left with a financial house in Turkey to you because recently, the doctor told me that I might not survive the latest Surgery which I have been booked for.

I want you to use 30% of the fund to build orphanage homes while 20% goes to Cancer research programmes and then donate 25% to institutions housing elderly and retired persons who bore no children in their lifetime just like I and my late husband. The remaining 25% goes to you as the person who agreed to carry out my last wish and I will give you more details only if you are willing and ready to handle this project. please reply me on this email thank you.

Yours Sincerely.
Mrs. Abiha Akten

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