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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: Wed, 26 Jul 2023 12:59:15 +0200
Subject: Dearest One greetings Please Your Urget Assistance Needed,

I know this message may come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless, I humbly ask you to give me your attention and hear me,
I have chosen to reach you through the internet because it still remains the fastest medium of communication,
My name is Mrs. Olivia Williams, an aging widow suffering from a long time illness and I am currently admitted in a private hospital here.
I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband, the sum of (US$ 2, 500, 000) which he deposited in the bank. I am looking for an honest and God fearing person that can use these funds for God's work and 15% out of the total funds will be for your compensation for doing this work.
Please let me know if you are able to do this work so that I will give you more details on how the project could be done.
Mrs. Olivia Williams

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