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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 Beattie Brown Paulson <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 02:16:01 -0700

My Dearest In The Lord,

Greetings I am Mrs Beattie Brown Paulson, from France. I am married to late Mr. Brown Paulson, who was the former director for processor of agricultural products In Embassy of France in Ivory Coast of Côte d'Ivoire based in Abidjan the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by one of his business associates on one of their outing to discussion on a business deal. we are married for Twenty-Six years before he died in the year 2012, after a brief illness that lasted for only 2 weeks.

I am an ageing widow suffering from long time illness. i am currently admitted in a privet hospital in London i have some funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr Brown Paulson, the sum of (USD $6.000.000, Six Million United State Dollars) which he deposited in one of the famous Bank, and I need a very honest and God fearing Person that can use this funds for The good work of God's to help the charities, and then 20% out of the total funds will be for your compasession for doing this work of God.

I found your email address through internat here in my hospital sick bed with my laptop then i decide to contact you.Please if you would be able to use these funds for the Lord's work kindly reply me.

Thanks for your co-operations
Your Sister In The Lord.
Mrs Beattie Brown Paulson.

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