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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. Grace Jonas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 20:02:54 -0500
Subject: FROM Mrs. Grace Jonas

I am Mrs Grace Jonas a citizen of Germany but residing in the United States. I am married to Late Nicklas Jonas of blessed memory,Since his death I have been battling with both Cancer of the lungs and fibroid problems. While he was alive, he deposited a substantial amount of money worth Twelve Million Dollars with a Financial Institution here in the United States which I inherited after his death.I have only 2 month to live due to my unfortunate ailment.I decided to hand over this funds to a devoted (God) fearing individual that will utilize this money for charity purpose and to help the needy the way i am going to instruct therein.
As soon as I receive your reply on Email: ( my dreams will rest squarely on your shoulders.
Remain blessed.
Mrs. Grace Jonas

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