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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.Bethari Alfred" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:25:17 +0200
Subject: Charity Offer.


Life is gradually getting away from me due to my medical condition
presently and my personal doctor told me that I have few days left to
live. In view this setback, I want to donate my property for
humanitarian assistance, because this has always been the plan of my
late husband and besides I do not have children.

In order to complement the good work of humanitarian services and my
desire, I donated a total of Four Million Seven Hundred Thousand Great
Britain Pounds to you. On your acknowledgment of this mail and tell me
about your nationality and willingness to assist me on this project, my
lawyer will facilitate due processes for transferring this heritage to

Do assure me that you will use this money wisely on charitable work.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs.Bethari Alfred

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