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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: sandra rain <>
Reply-To: sandra rain <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:00:27 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Please i need your help and assistance

Please i need your help and assistance

I am an aging widow suffering from long time cancer of the throat. I
have some funds I inherited from my late husband, the sum of
9. 5 Millions  Nine  Million  Five Hundred  Thousand Dollars and I need you to
withdraw this money then use for investments and better purpose more so
it depends on any investments you have in mind.
I need of your assistance that is why  I  summoned up courage to
contact you for this task.there are no dangers involved 100% RISK FREE
with full legal proof.Please if you would be able to use the funds for
the Charity works or any better investment  please kindly let me know
immediately and send a picture of yourself, your full names, your
telephone number and more details about yourself reply to
Warmest Regards,

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