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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 Kinsman Jefferson"<>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:50:53 -0800
Subject: Hello Dear

Dearest One,

I was compelled to write you through this medium for this humanitarian purpose. With due respect my name is Mrs. Kinsman Jefferson, married to late Mr. Jefferson who was the director of the Timber Processing & Exportation until his death.

Before his untimely death, he informed me about the sum of US$10,000,000 (Ten million US Dollars) in royal bank of london which he planned for Foreign investment with his overseas partner.

I am sending you this letter because I have only but a very limited time to live due to the recent development of my ovary cancer disease.Having known my condition. I want you to come in as my late husband Overseas Partner, so that I can get my husband money for my charity work funding which will be under your managment and supervision.

If you are interested to help me,get back to me with your business and personal contact details and I will send you a more detailed explanation.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Kinsman Jefferson.

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