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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 Edithi Katherine Arseneault <>
Reply-To: Mrs Edithi Katherine Arseneault <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:34:40 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings to you in the most wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Greetings to you in
the most wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.I am Mrs Edithi
Arseneault,I am
married to Dr Denis Arseneault,I and my late husband was into,Estate management
and also a
government building
contractor before my husband earlier last year June 25 2013 died on Car
Accident .i got your
information through
the Internet in search of a reliable person / honest it could be of help.I'm 61
years old and I
was diagnosed with
cancer for four years ago and my doctor told me my life is in Danger.I have
been touched by God
to donate from what I
have inherited from my late husband Dr Denis Arseneault to you for good work of
God.I decided
to WILL / donate the
sum of five million U.S.dollars (U.S. $5.000,000.00 ) to the good work of the
lord,and also to
help the motherless
and less privileged,Hoping to receive your reply for more details.Remain
blessed in God.Mrs Edithi Katherine Arseneault

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