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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:

Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2023 09:12:41 -0700

Attention Dear, Sir/ma.

My sister Bieber company limited in new York and I have a house in
California City and I also have a hotel Mina in my account I have 150
million US dollars I have an a very big investment I also have a
company in Poland I am an orphan I have no brother I have no sister
but I really have a problem I have a kidney problem and doctor say
that I have only 3 months to leave and the world so my brother in
Christ and I asked God if I die today who will eat my sweet and I
decided to help the innocent people and the poor people my brother in
Christ please I am here to bless everyone please my brother in Christ
whatever you need to help you life please my brother in Christ just
tell me right now I will do it for you I am here to help you if you
need money I will give you money like I said I have 150 million US
dollars in my account I want to share it with the ball people I want
to help the innocent people please anything you need just let me know
I am ready to help thanks you my brother in Christ.

Contact number with email.

Phone Number............ + 1(615 933 9565

WhatsApp................. +22959988621

Email Address.............

Yours' Sincerely.

Mrs. Mary Joseph Jeans.

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