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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. Margaret Gomes" <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 14:15:32 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Greeting From Mrs Gomes,

Greeting From Mrs Gomes,

I hope this mail meets you and your family in good health,

Please trust and honest is what i need from you.

I am Mrs. Margaret Gomes a Taiwanese citizen. I am married to late Dr.David Gomes from Cote D•Ivoire West Africa who died in that political problem in Cote D•Ivoire in 2011 please I have some Funds I want you to handle for me in God's glory & bear in mind that this project will be carried under a Legitimate arrangements that will protect you & my only Daughter, Cynthia.Nevertheless Can you reply me back for me to give you more Information's concerning this matter.

Trusting to hear from you immediately,

Awaiting your soonest Response.

Mrs. Margaret Gomes

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