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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: "Adams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:17:58 -0800
Subject: Help me fulfil my dream

I am (Mrs.) Mary Adams from London , I am 76 years old Woman, I am suffering from long time cancer of the lungs which also affected my brain, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they said that I could live for the next two months, I want to donate [$1.5 Million} to you, so that you can help the less privilege.
Please contact my Attorney.
Barrister Douglas Brown
Private E-mail:
Tel: +44-70457 6631
Send your full names:
Phone/fax numbers:
Contact address:
(Mrs.)Mary Adams

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