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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: "Hilda H Davis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:51:37 -0800
Subject: RE:Good day dear

Good day dear, I am Hilda From United Kingdom live in cote d'ivoire I am dropping this short message from my sick bed after been diagnosed from a long time cancer of the breast. From all indication my condition is really deteriorating, and my doctor has courageously advised that I may not live beyond the next two months, this is because the Seriousness of the cancer has reached a critical stage 4. I am looking for a trust and God fearing someone to confide on. I have a fortune/Project worth US$ 30 Million, Thirty Million I want to entrust into your care. Please respond to me if you will promise to see that my last wish is been accomplish to the Glory of God and humanity. I will be waiting to hear from you.Send Your full names:Complete address:age and sex:Occupation:Mobile Tel and Country.......... Thanks Hilda Davis

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