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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:

Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2013 01:37:21 +0900

Hi,I am Sherrie,

I'm diagnosed with esophageal cancer, because it went unnoticed I have
had to undergo a laryngectomy.I have decided to donate my money to
you.I am also
donating my body after i am gone for research.I want this last act of
mine to be an offering to GOD and humanity.

send a note back with this ref. SvaSo back to the email address below
( ) so i know you got this.

I know I don't know you. God bless you abundantly,

Sherrie Coffey

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