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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. Beryl Marriott" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 14:39:14 +0100

FROM: Mrs. Beryl Marriott
53 Kina Rd, R.D.31
Opunake 4681, New Zealand.

I'm not internet savvy, it is understandable that you might be a little bit apprehensive because you do not know me but I have a lucrative business proposal of mutual interest to share with you. I got your reference in my search for someone/company who suits my proposed business relationship.

I am Mrs. Beryl Marriott, a house wife. I have an obscured business suggestion for you. I will need you to assist me in executing a charity project in your country. It involves the transfer of a large sum of money that was willed to me by my late husband.

Your earliest response to this letter to ( will be appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Beryl Marriot

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