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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 Dara George <>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 17:49:45 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Greetings and God Bless You

Greetings and God Bless You,

Dearest in Christ.

With due Respect and Humanity I write to donate/ hand over this fund to you for orphanages and widows / less privileged and propagate the gospel of God(US$5.8M)deposited in a security firm in Cote d'Ivoire by my late husband.I, Mrs.Dara George 68 years old without a child ,married to late Dr Ramsey George from Israel who worked with Oil company (PETROCI)Cote d'Ivoire before he died in the year 2010 after a Cardiac Arteries Operation, presently my doctor said I will not last for four months due to Colon Cancer, you are requested to send your full name, telephone and fax number with your resident address for documentation process to transfer the fund to you without any hindrance to accomplish our vow to God. Always pray for me daily.

Thanks and waiting to read from you soonest.

Remain Bless

Mrs. Dara George

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