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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. Leela Kidwell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 19:12:40 +0100
Subject: hi

God Bless,

My name is Mrs. Leela Kidwell . I am 69 years old and I was diagnosed for cancer 2 years ago. I will be going in for an operation later today.I decided to WILL/donate the sum of (Nineteen million united state dollars)to you for the good work of the lord and for charity. Contact my lawyer with this email: Name: Gilbert MacEntee Email:( Tell him that I have WILLED $19Million to you by quoting my personal reference number Gil/lee/678/4567/sftI/316us/uk and I have also notified him that I have WILL that amount to you.

God Bless
Leela Kidwell


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