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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: "Sue Peters" <>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:52:21 +0000
Subject: HELLO

I am Sue Peters, currently undergoing medical treatment for cancer Chronic =
Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). I was married to Late Dr. Collins Peters who wo=
rked with Woodside Petroleum Limited (Australia) for 23 years before he die=
d in the year 2011.
Before my Husband died, we both made a deposit of a total sum US$9.8M in a=
Private Bank. Recently,My Doctor told me that I have a few month to live d=
ue to cancer problem. Having known my condition I have decided to donate th=
is fund to an honest Person for charitable cause.
My Attorney will issue you a Letter of Authority from Court naming you the=
original Beneficiary of these funds. Please assure me that you will act ac=
cordingly as I stated herein.
Hoping to hear from you. =

In His Arms.
Sue Peters

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