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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: Sister Grace Alain <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 21:19:08 +0200
Subject: Re: Project From Mrs Grace Alain

My you

Remain bless and respond to me as a Good Child of god my good one this
is my message to you today May God bless you because god dareth me to
you so my donation offer is for you to Help a charitable work in your
country you respond;for more details on this fund.? Please I need a
good clarifications Update me immediately"

have you received my donation offer We i Donat in you neme to support
god Evangelisn in you country these sum of ($7.8Million Dollar ) from
my bank? because a have inform the bank Director about you OK

So Reply back urgently so that i can have rest of good one god
love you and me

From Mrs Grace Alain

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