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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 rebecca dessouki <>
Reply-To: Mrs rebecca dessouki <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 00:35:21 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Donation From Mrs. Rebecca Dessouki.

Donation From Mrs. Rebecca Dessouki. 

Greetings In the name of God Almighty, 

I am Mrs. Rebecca Dessouki. an aging widow suffering from long time illness. I am currently admitted in a private hospital, I have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband. Engr. Dessouki Andrew, the sum of (US$1.200.000) One Million Two hundred thousand dollars, which he deposited in Bank and I need a very honest and God fearing One that can use this funds for God's work. I found your email address from the internet and decided to contact you. 

Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work kindly reply me as soon as possible for more detail. 

Your full name
Your full Address
Your occupation
Your Telephone number
Your Country

Your Sister In The Lord. 

Mrs. Rebecca Dessouki. 


Donación de la Sra. Rebecca Dessouki.

Saludos en el nombre de Dios Todopoderoso,

Soy la señora Rebecca Dessouki. un sufrimiento viuda de envejecimiento de una enfermedad mucho tiempo. Actualmente soy admitido en un hospital privado, tengo algunos fondos que heredé de mi difunto esposo amoroso. Engr. Dessouki Andrew, la suma de ( $ 1.200.000) un millón doscientos mil dólares, que depositó en el Banco y necesito un muy honesto y temeroso de Dios Uno que puede utilizar estos fondos para la obra de Dios. Encontré su dirección de correo de Internet y decidí contactar con usted.

Por favor, si usted desea ser capaz de utilizar estos fondos para la obra del Señor amablemente me responderemos tan pronto como sea posible para obtener más detalles.

Su nombre completo
Su completo Direcciones
Su número de teléfono
Su País

Su hermana en el Señor.

Sra. Rebecca Dessouki.

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