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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. Alicia Gomez" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Alicia Gomez" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:16:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good day

Good day,

I got your e-mail address contact through your country's information Exchange this line in Inbox Your, your Junk / I Was Married To Mr. Jorge Alberto Gomez, My Husband Worked With Chevron / Texaco In Kuwait for twenty years Spam Folder. My name Is Mrs. Alicia Gomez I Saw Your Contact And Profile And Decile That You Could Coverate With Me Before he died on Wednesday July 24, 2013 during the Spanish train crash which took him away from me. My late husband deposited a huge amount of I Want You To Take 40 Percent Of The $ 10,500,000.00 USD For Your Personal Use While 60 Pasento Of The Money Will Go To Charity "People In The Street And Helping The Orphanage. 

Recently, I Am Currently In India For The Past Two Months Undergoing Treatment And My Doctor Told Me That I Have Limited Days To Live Due To The Stroke And Cancerous Problems Have Been Suffering From. I Have Decided To Donate This Fund To Charity Home Through You And Want You To Use My Husband Effort To Fund The Upkeep Of Widows And Charities World Wide. 

I Did I Do Not Have A child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are bourgeois and very wealthy persons and I do not want my husband hard earned money to be Misused, so In this this Faith I have decided To do this God as I Await your urgent Reply, 

With God all things are available. 

Mrs. Alicia Gomez

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