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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: jenifer more <>
Reply-To: jenifer more <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:33:54 +0000 (UTC)


my name is mrs jenifer moore I am 48years old from benin(cotonou)a widow woman.I live in u.s.a, for many years but corrently in a private hospital in republic du benin due to the breast cancer problem I have,and beside i have no children.

as I lay on my sick bed here in hospitalized benin,I want God to be merciful to me and accept my soul and so I have decided to give arms to charity organizations and give succor and comfort to the less privileged and motherless babies, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I do on earth, I have 4.7 Million dollars in the Vault of a Financial company, I want you to collect this deposit on my behalf as my next of kins and disburse it to the factory collapse victims  in Asia, magnitude earthquake in East Texas, earthquake disaster in Kepulauan Barat Daya Indonesia, for the less privileged and other countries that are in ever bellow is my private email,

I will set aside 40% for you for your time and efforts.
I wish to hear from you soon.
God bless you,
jenifer moore

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