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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: "Mrs Ronda Emma Torres" <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 15:09:49 -0000
Subject: Greetings


I am Ronda Emma Torres, I am 65 years old base in Spanish I write to
relate to you of my intention to use my money 4.5 million Euro for charity
work in your country. I was married to Late Jullien Emile Torres who was a
contractor with the Government of Spain before he died after few days in
the hospital. I have been suffering from cancer I want to know if I can
trust you to use these funds for charity/orphanage and 20% will be for you
as compensation. Please contact me, so that I will give you more details.

Yours in the Lord,

Mrs Ronda Emma Torres

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