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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 Stefward granned" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 17:26:26 +0100

My good friend,

My name is Mrs Stefward granned,a British citizen.My husband,who lost his life in Concorde plane crash on Monday, 31 July,

2000, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK.

I am undergoing treatment with Chesterfield Royal Hospital after being diagnosed of Colon/Skin Cancer.

The doctor confirmed that I will not make it and I have a deposit of 9.6Million Pounds with the bank here which I have

decided to use and do good to people in the world before I depart.

Send me your resume Name,phone

Stefward Granned

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