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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:

Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:12:26 -0700
Subject: GRACE

Good day to you,
Please forgive me because I'm not internet savvy and I am a widow to a
late oil & Gas merchant and now diagnosed with cancer , The doctors said I
have a few months to live, I want you to help me distribute sum of $65
Million Dollars (Sixty five Million United State Dollars) to charity
organization in your country . Please reply me if you can help me
distribute my funds and I am willing to give you 10% for your time and
effort. Email me at my email address.
Mrs. Grace Alfred

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