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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: Brigitte MEYER <>
Reply-To: Brigitte MEYER <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:13:52 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Receive my greetings


While thanking you for the attention you give to my dearest wish, I want you to know that Im not wrong sending you this message. My ardent wish has always been to meet an anonymous individual so that he will lead social actions through a foundation.

My name is Brigitte MEYER, born 27 March 1944 nationality French but currently in a medical observation in a hospital located in the United Kingdom. I had to contact you in this way because I want to take you to donate a sum of $2.000.000 in order to help people in need, make happy poor families, orphans, helping young entrepreneurs looking for financing to grow their sectors by the means of some acquaintances.

My professional life has been a real tourism as much as I have always lived away from my country. First to Kuwait, where I worked in the oil industry for two years. Then I was in the Republic of Benin (year 2001) where I implemented several companies (real estate, engineer). It is in this country so welcoming that I have experienced true happiness, that of marriage with a Belgian who also worked in this country. Unfortunately we did not have the chance to have children. After five (05) years of common life, my husband lost his life following a long illness. So I stayed again alone with a Butler at my disposal and a dog until this cancer came to limit my life. It will be almost four years now that I have been fighting this disease and medicine can no longer anything. following the results of the medical examinations that my days are numbered according to the investigation of my treating doctor. I had blocked this important sum in one of the banks of BENIN for a construction project. I will be rigged given to you this money to ensure that my donation projectwill geta positive resulte. I want you to accept this because it is a gift from a dying woman and this without asking anything in return. Please answer me quiqly to my email address as follows:

Ms Brigitte MEYER
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