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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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Fraud email example:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:17:45 +0100
Subject: can i trust you to help me?

Please kindly accept my apology for sending this unsolicited mail to you .

Hello I am Naomi Brown,from Ireland 65yrs
i am affected with cancer of the breast ,My condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than 2 months ,because the cancer stage has gotten its 3rd stage.

My dear, i want you to understand that before i contacted you i have fasted and prayed to God almighty for him to lead me to the rightful person who can help me accomplish my last wish on earth because according to my doctor he has informed me that i may not survive this upcoming surgical operation which i am very scared about.

After my Doctor Notice that i might not survive the surgery operation ,i have decided to give my fortune,by contributing to the lives and well being of the poor and needy children . I am willing to donate the sum of 3,500,000.00 Pound and my jeweries to the orphans in your Country

can i trust you to help me?

please you can also get back to me on my email

Best Regard

Naomi Brown

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