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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: kerry iva <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:52:59 +0000
Subject: From Mrs.Kerry Good Day My Dear.


*Hi,sorry for contacting you through this medium without first knowing you
is due to the nature and the importance of this message, i suddenly became
a widow after the horrible dealth of my husband. i am a Philippine
nationality, please i will need your urgent assistance to move a fund $9.5
Million, for investment proper in your country.This arrangement will take
only 6days to mature, I have already inform my banker concerning the
transfer of the fund, so I will need your trust also your total commitment
for our mutual interest guarantte protection and please you have to do this
with me very fast because the Govt of my country are blocking all my late
husband's accounts is along story.However if you will like to assist me
then we must commence immediately but only if i have a guarantee with you
concerning this matter.Regards,MRS.Kerry Iva Camille*

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