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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Olive Doris Uzor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:09:18 -0500
Subject: Greeting

Contact email address (
I am. Olive Doris Uzor The daughter of the woman who was sick and died of cancer sickness (c) my precious mom may her soul rest in perfect peace.
My mother contacted you some time ago in respect to the funds transfer of her late husband Khalaf  Doris Uzor, to help take care of me Olive Khalaf Doris Uzor, before my mother passed a way.
She waited for you to follow up in saving her late husband money but you back up thinking it was all internet fake messages send to collect money from people.
she knows that it not easy to achieve, she understand that so many bad people has made the good once to become bad also. She understand that it is not your fault.
My Mother issued a cashier check to you for your help initially although you backed out thinking that the funds transfer was illegal.
Well, everything was legal and legit and went well through the assistance of a Japanese business man who is name is Mr. Haruki Kintarou, the funds transfer was successful through him.
I am now with a new family in Kasugai Japan and am very happy again in LIFE, because the new family I am staying with takes me as they only daughter but being an orphan is so challenging but am happy.
In a way to appreciate her kind gesture before she pass away, she dropped a cashier cheque of ( One million two hundred thousand USD ($1,200,000.00) before her death in your name and instructed her personal Rev Father who was praying for us when she is alive. Rev. Susan Chukwuka to make sure you receive the total amount without any problem.
This is her little way of saying thank you for your initial help. She also makes a comment that you should also use some of the money out in the total amount to help those who needs help.
Contact Rev. Rev. Susan Chukwuka  WITH YOUR FULL INFORMATION
Full Name:
Direct contact number
And your full delivery address 
Contact Name: Rev. Rev. Susan Chukwuka
Contact Phone Number +234 81870 51179
Contact email address (
Olive Doris Uzor

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