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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: "GRACE ALFRED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 May 2016 09:40:18 +0200
Subject: THANK YOU

Dear Friend,

Please forgive me because I'm not internet savvy and I am a widow to
oil & Gas merchant now i have been diagnosed with cancer, The doctors said I have a
few months to live, I want you to help me distribute sum of
twenty Million United State Dollars to charity organization
in your country . Please reply me if you can help me distribute my funds and
I am willing to give you 20% for your time and effort. furnish me your private telephone
to establish communication with you .

Email me at my email

Mrs.Doris Marion

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