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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 Anne Cox" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:08:50 -0700
Subject: Hi

Anne Cox(Mrs)currently undergoing medical treatment for cancer, my late husband deposited the sum of £8.5 Million in a Vault with a Security/Finance House in UK. with my name as Benefactor. Recently, my Doctor said I would not live long ,Having known my condition I have decided to donate this fund to a God fearing individual like you who will utilize this money to fund and provide succor to poor and indigent persons, orphanages. kindly reply to this mail for more information.
Hoping to hear from you. Thank you and may the Almighty bless you. In Christ.
Mrs Anne Cox

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