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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: "LAURETTA BEVAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 03:01:45 -0800
Subject: HELLO


Have a nice day!

May this email finds you well, My name is Lauretta Bevan, am 75 years old
and a widow, I got your contact details through internet search engine.
I have been diagnosed with cancer and i need you to help me in
distributing my funds of US Dollars $28.5M to charities.

Kindly reply as soon as possible if you will help me so that i can give
you the contact details of my Lawyer for more details on how to get the

Thanks and i will wait for your reply.

Yours faithfully,
Lauretta Bevan

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