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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:

Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 01:07:11 +0300
Subject: Important Message(milestone to be achieved regarding freewill)

I am Mrs.Adelia Gudmundsson from Iceland, married to Late Engr Curtis
Gudmundsson {PhD} who worked with MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANY EXXON AS A
DRILLING RIG SUPPLIER in Abu Dhabi for 24 years before he died on the 30th
of August,2009 He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four
days that same year the brother net worth came to Zero.he was a brother to
Iceland billionaire Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.We were married for twenty four
years without a child.Before his death, he deposited the sum of
$26,43,639.00 US Dollars with a bank In Canada and this fund is presently
with the bank awaiting my disbursement as beneficiary and next of kin to
the funds. Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next
eight months due to cancer problem. Having known my condition, I decided
to donate this fund to a church,organisation or good person that will
utilise this money in good faith.I took this decision because I don't have
any child that will inherit this money. I kept this deposit secret till
date, this is why I am taking this decision.i have decided to doing
something memorable this new year 2017 for humanity sincerely from my
heart.I don't think I will need any telephone communication in this regard
because of the confidentiality of this transfer. Upon your reply I shall
give you the contact of the bank. I will also issue a letter of
authorisation to the bank that will prove you the present beneficiary
ofthis money. Reply to my confidential email address
Await your response and God bless you.
Mrs.Adelia Gudmundsson

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