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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: Groria Alberta <>
Reply-To: Groria Alberta <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:11:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Calvary greetings,

Calvary greetings,

I am Mrs
Patricia Aquino a born again christian and a widow, and I want to do
donation of $5 Million Dollars to help Orphans and Widows and charity
foundation in your country and I assumed that you help and get this
funds and use it to my wishes to the needs in your country.

I am
seriously illed (Cancer tumor)operation in Europe , please always
putting me in prayerdaily because i do not know where it will end me.

Please reply back to me immediately at this email address for more details of the fund.

Thanks and God bless

Mrs Patricia

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