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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: Myra Neuberger" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 07:43:39 -0500
Subject: Goodwill

Hello! My name is Myra Neuberger; I was recently diagnosed with ovarian ca=
ncer and my doctor has just told me i was losing the torrid battle hence my=
contacting you to the donate sum of $13,000,000 which were derived from hi=
s vast estates and investments as i want you to set up a Global Foundation =
to combat cancer. Pls Contact our family lawyer with this specified email a=
ddress below you by quoting my personal reference number Law/chamber/solici=
tor/rt/Mit/WILL/78bwf5200B along with your full names and address: Barriste=
r Gilbert Email: Remain Blessed. Yours truly, Myra Neube=

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