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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: "mary parker" <>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2012 07:08:06 +0200

I am Mrs.mary parker, my husband deposited 7.5 Million Pounds with a
Bank when he was alive. I'm suffering from esophagea cancer,my last
wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations anywhere
in the World.Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of
my wealth since my illness,I cannot live with the agony of entrusting
this huge responsibility to any of them.Please, I beg you in the name
of God to help me,Stand-in as my beneficiary.if YOU are
interested,please reply to this email

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