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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. Kanya Keisuke" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:22:54 +0200
Subject: Email directed to you

Dear Friend,

This is a personal email directed to you. I got your details after an
extensive on-line search Via (Network Power Charitable Trust) for a
reliable person, I know I have never met you, but my mind instincts me
to do this, I believe everything happens for a reason! People change
so you can learn to let go, Things go wrong so that you can appreciate
them when they’re right.

I am a dying woman who has decided to donate what I have to you for
charitable goals.

I am 62 years old and was diagnosed for cancer about 4 years ago,
kindly Contact my lawyer through this email address or you can call
her private Line :{+855 887 229174 ( she
is a God fearing Person work with her, if you are interested in
carrying out this task, so that she can arrange the release of the
funds of ($10,500,000.00) USD to you. My lawyer's name is Barrister
Dara Touch.

Thank you and God bless you.

Mrs. Kanya Keisuke

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