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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. Olivia Nell" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:59:31 -0600
Subject: my subject

Greetings to you. My names is Mrs. Olivia Nell, Now undergoing medical trea=
tment here in Crichton Royal Hospital Scotland UK. I was married to late En=
g. Jackson S. Nell who worked as a contractor in North Africa before his de=
ath last Two years. We were married for fifteen years without a child. My c=
ondition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not surviv=
e according to the doctor's report, because of the current stage of the can=
cer coupled with my old age. l have decided to divide part of my fortune,by=
contributing to the Charities & Motherless. I am willing to donate the sum=
of $8,450,000.00 USD to the poor through you, only if you prove to be hone=
st and God fearing. These little ones needs every help they can get. Contac=
t me through my personal email address: Mrs. Olivi=
a Nell=20

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