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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: Elizabeth Walker <>
Reply-To: Elizabeth Walker <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:13:59 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello.Peace be unto you

Hello.Peace be unto you
How are you? I am Mrs.Elizabeth Walker an aging widow suffering from blood cancer,i am now confined to a nursing home. I have some inherited fund from my late loving husband late Mr. Michael Walker , The amount of [$5.200,000.00] five millions two hundred thousand dollars which he deposited with Bank and I need a good honest God fearing person who will use these funds for God's work in charity. I want this fund to go for charity work because I have no child to inherit the fund, 15% out of the total fund will be for your compensation for doing this work of God. Please if you would be willing to carry out the project to the glory of God kindly reply to me.for more information thanks and God bless you.

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Elizabeth Walker.

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