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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: "Kasse Aya Kablan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 18:25:07 +0300
Subject: It is urgent / From Hospital / É urgente / Do Hospital

Good Day!
My name is Mrs. Kasse Aya Kablan, I am writing from hospital.
I have cancer of the lungs and my doctor said I have only few days left.
I inherited the sum of $3.3 Million dollars from my late father and I want you to claim this fund from the bank and donate 70% of it to charity organization, as a vow which I made before God.
Let me know if you are interested so that I will give you the full details of the fund.
Mrs. Kasse Aya Kablan
Dia bom!
Meu nome é Sra. Kasse Aya Kablan, estou escrevendo do hospital.
Eu tenho câncer de pulmão e meu médico disse que eu tenho apenas alguns dias.
Eu herdei a soma de US $ 3,3 milhões de dólares de meu falecido pai e eu quero que você reivindicar este fundo do banco e doar 70% dele para a organização de caridade, como um voto que fiz diante de Deus.
Deixe-me saber se você está interessado para que eu vou lhe dar todos os detalhes do fundo.
Sra. Kasse Aya Kablan

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