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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. Maria Barak" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Maria Barak" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:06:03 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Greetings and God bless you from Mrs Maria Barak,

Greetings and God bless you from Mrs Maria Barak,

My Dearest,

I know you will be surprise to read my email, apart from being surprise you may be skeptical to reply back to me because based on what is going on in the internet world, one has to be very careful because a lot of scam are out there to scam innocent citizen and this has made it very difficult for people to believe anything that comes through the internet but this is a different case.

With due Respect and Humanity I write to donate and hand over this fund to you for orphanages and widows / less privileged and propagate the gospel of God(US$5.8M)  Five million Eight hundred thousand dollars deposited in a security firm in Cote d'Ivoire by my late husband. I, Mrs. Maria Barak, 68 years old without a child, married to late Engr.Abraham Barak from Israel who worked with Oil company (PETROCI) Cote d'Ivoire before he died in the year 2012 after a Cardiac Arteries Operation,

presently my doctor said I will not last for four months due to Colon Cancer, you are requested to send your full name, telephone and fax number with your resident address for documentation process to transfer the fund to you without any hindrance to accomplish our vow to God.

Always pray for me daily

Thanks and waiting your quick response.

Mrs Maria Barak

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