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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 Gera Levin <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:46:11 +0000
Subject: Good day

Good day

how are you am Mrs Gera Levin From isreal am suffering from

cancerous ailment after the death of my am in

hospital the doctor said i will not be alive till 6 mounths

so i have decided to donate this money to you as i have no

child and nobody to be by my side.the money was deposited

with a security and finance firm abroad now i have decided

to make the donation to you.the amount is $8.5million.i

will need you to send me your details such as your direct

phone and address and your identity,after you make the

claim i will like you to use part of the money for the

church and orphange home

Remain bless
Mrs Gera Levin

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