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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: Larsen Finn <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:24:13 -0400
Subject: Use For Philanthropic Trust

My Dearest, How are you today, Compliment,
Please let this not sound strange to you for my only surviving lawyer who would have done this for me died early this year. I prayed and help of our Lord i got your email id from your country's guest book.

My name is Finn Frifeldt Larsen from Denmark, 68 years old, a widow without Child with my late husband who died Seven years ago in London where we live and worked for 21 years before i returned back here in Denmark for medical attention after i was diagnosed with Cancer and the ailment became terminal and more deplorable,which prompted me to sold off our properties and other inherited belongings and deposited the proceeds into my bank account in Uk for its safety(Since i do not have any next of kin to bequeath all that my husband and i labored for in UK).

My beloved, am suffering from a Long time Cancer of the lungs/Breast which has now affected my brain and Doctor confirmed that i have less than three weeks to live. I have shared my fortunes here and WILLED my $6,371,216USD remaining Balance deposit with my bank in Uk to you, please use it for Charity and Humanitarian cause in your country, especially on any Cancer patients and Orphanages homes where i was raised and you keep part of the principal amount to support yourself.

Reach me urgently through email: " " for more detail and also needed urgently your following information:
i will use them to raise Letter of Authorization to submit to my bank for the release of the fund to you as my new next of kin without any delay.

Yours sister
Larsen Finn (Mrs.)

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