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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 Llana Shneor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 18:41:00 -0700
Subject: Re: Hope for Investment..

Dear Sir/Madam,

How are you and your family, My name are Mrs Llana Shneor, am deeply apologize to write you in this condition" on 9 of September 2015 I was diagnosed with deadly cancer which I thought money will save my life on-till date my doctor told me yesterday they will be no room for life again.

I am desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to contact you. I must say that I am very uncomfortable sending this message to you without knowing truly if you would misunderstand the importance and decides to go public. In this regards, I will not hold back to say that the essence of this message is strictly for mutual benefit between you and me and nothing more.

I am presently in sick bed waiting for the last call from God, I found your contact particulars in an internet address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of $20,570,000(Twenty million Five Hundred and Seventy Thousand USD) to Asia, Europe and African for Charity work,to save more life and people in need right around the world.

I need your urgent attention is needed but remember is 100% risk free.

I look forward to read from you soonest.

Mrs Llana Shneor


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