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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:

Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2016 10:40:46 +0200
Subject: MY DONATION (EURO 4,000,000.00 ) CHARITY ......

I am writing to seek your consent to conduct humanitarian projects,
becos I suffer from advanced cancer that prevents me from realizing my
dreams. Doctor informed me that my days are numbered becos of my health
is degrading.That's why I want to Send these some of my money to you
(4,000,000.00) Four million Euro so that you can use it to help the
Orphanages,homeless and Widows and 35% for you while you use 65% for the
project,if you think you can give these poor children and poor widow a
glimmer of hope and joy then let me know by replying to my
private email which is,Thanks for your
cooperation and assistance.


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