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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 10:53:30 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Claim My Will.............Mrs Janet Brown

My name is Mrs Janet Brown,I have decided to donate what I have to you.I was diagnosed for cancer for about few weeks ago.I have been touched by God to donate from what I have inherited from my late husband to the you for the good work of God/needy,I decided to WILL/donate the sum of $10,000,000 =USD to you. Contact my Physican Dr Steve Astyl with this specified email; { } Tel +44 70457 87160, and tell him that I have WILLED $10,000,000 =USD, my personal ref number law/WILL/9834520012.I know I dont know you but I have been directed to do this.Thanks and God bless.I will appreciate your utmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is accomplished as I don't want anything that will jeopardize my last wish. Regards, Mrs Janet Brown NB; Do Send Him The Necessary Below information To Faclilate The Funds Release WILL For You(i)FULL NAMES (ii) RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS, CITY, STATE AND COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE.(iii) AGE, SEX AND MARITAL STATUS. (iv) DIRECT PHONE NUMBER (v)OCCUPATION (vi) EMAIL ADDRESS

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