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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: Shannon Kindness
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2023 01:48:52 -0700
Subject: Your Blessed

Dear beloved,

I am Mrs. Shannon Kindness from Turkey and my late husband was from the United State who worked with an oil Company in Turkey for Ten years before he died due to the current Turkish Earthquake. I only survived the earthquake because I was in the hospital, i have Lymphoma cancer. My beloved, when my late husband was alive we both deposited our life savings which is the sum of US$5M in a security firm for safe keeping. I am looking forward to seeing someone who can use this money in charitable works. More details will be made known to you upon your response.

Mrs. Shannon Kindness.

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