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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: Charity Organization <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2017 03:00:05 -0700
Subject: I seek your consent


I am Thomas James,I was browsing and I saw your e-mail, So i decided
to write you if your e-mail is real, I have been diagnosed with
esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and
right now I have only about a few months to live. I am very rich, but
was never generous; I have given most of my assets to my immediate
family members.

I have decided to give alms to charity organizations. I cannot do this
myself anymore because of my health. I once asked members of my family
to give some money to charity organizations, they refused and kept the
money. I have a huge cash of $10.5M (Ten Million Five Hundred dollars
Only) in a Trunk deposited with a security company but undisclosed for
safety of the funds. I will want you to help me collect this deposit
and dispatch it to charity organizations. You will take out 30% of
these funds for your assistance.

I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail as soon as
possible and treats with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.

Thomas James Sr

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