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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: " Margaret" <>
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:29:29 +0000
Subject: Please Do My Last Wish

Dear Friend,

Goodday to you,it is good to write you this mail. I am Margret Dotley, a big business merchant in Europe and Hong Kong,Asia. I have terminal illness disease(cancer) and i would like to donate and share my assets and estate to transfer my wealth as alms to the poor and destitute people through your help in your country and across the nation. i shall be waiting for your fast reply,so that i can send you more details and information to start.

I await your urgent reply at my private emailbox at:

Warmest Regards
Mrs.Margaret Dotley

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