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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: miriam williams <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 04:54:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: To God Be The Glory

Dearest In Christ,

Good morning and may the peace of the Lord be with you and all the rest of your family it has been long i haven't heared from you iam waiting to hear from you so that i can give you the full information on how you will recieve the fund transfered into your bank account so i will be glad to hear your urgent reply as soon as you recieve this email.

In God's holy love
Sis Mirian Williams.

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