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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.lidie.danis" <>
Reply-To: "mrs.lidie.danis" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:10:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greeting Brethren

Greeting Brethren
I am Mrs. Lidie
Danis  an aging widow suffering
from long time illness.I am currently admitted in a private hospital in
Abidjan  Cote d 'Ivoire, I Have
Some funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr Petrick Danis, the sum of
U.S. $ 5.500.000. 00 All of which he Deposited in a bank here and I need a very
honest and God fearing person that can use these funds for God's work and 15% out of the total funds will be
for your compensation for doing this work of God . I found your email address
from the internet and decided to contact you.   Please if you would be able to use these funds
for the Lord's work kindly reply me.
Your Sister in the Lord.
Mrs. Lidie Danis

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