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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: "Ms.Melvina Atanga" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:17:43 -0700


I am a Liberian,a cancer patient and the same time i have been infected by Ebola Virus on my left hand. I am dying slowly. I am the only surviving person in my family after experiencing severe war trauma in Liberia. As i talk you now i have no strength of mine. Please i would like to authorize you to inherit my fortune valued $25.8million which i banked with Ever Green Federal Bank of America. I want you to help me invest 70% of this money to charity organization and you can have the rest of it with your family. I want to amend my life before i pass away soon and please be honest to me OK !

View my picture on this link below:

Please answer me quickly for further direction before it is too late. I am waiting at my computer side in my sick bed in the hospital.

Urgently Reply me at this email:

Yours Sincerely,
Ms. Melvina Atanga

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