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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. Amina Gunnarsson" <>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 05:01:43 -0400

Dear Friend,
I am Mrs. Amina Gunnarsson from Califonia USA, married to Late Engr Brown Gunnarsson Danbazu {PhD} who worked with MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANY EXXON AS A DRILLINGRIG SUPPLIER in Saudi Arabia for 15 years and Shell oil company Nigeria 5years before he died on the 27th of August, 2012. We were married for twenty four years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death, he deposited the sum huge amount of money with a Bank and this fund is presently with the bank awaiting my disbursement as beneficiary and next of kin to the funds. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next 1 to 2 months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition, I decided to donate this fund to a church, Mosque, organization or good person that willutilize this money in good faith. I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money. I kept this deposit secret till date, this is why I am taking this decision. I don't
think I
will need any telephone communication in this regard because of the confidentiality of this transfer. Upon your reply I shall give you the contact of my barrister, I will also issue a letter of authorization to the bank and my Barister that will prove you the present beneficiary of this money. Reply to my very confidential email address; or
your responds and God bless you.

Mrs. Amina Gunnarsson

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