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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:24:10 +0100 (CET)
Subject: RE

I'm worried on whom i can trust in the internet but i still believe there are
reliable and sincere people here just like me..
I am a consultant with Alpha
You can check our website

We have a
patient who is suffering from Pickwick Syndrome(Heart deases)Age 53.She has
confided in me to look for a sincere person to invest her inheritance of the
sum of USD17,500,000.00.This woman is dying and her sickness has no known
therefore she is requesting her family wealth be used for charity work

Get back to me soonest if you are interested with this notion.
Personal email (

Kindest Regards!

Mrs Shafrizaani

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