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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: "Mrs Grace fernandez" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:00:47 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend, I greet you with the name in the name of the LORD Almighty the=
giver of every good thing. Good day and compliments of the seasons, I know=
it is true that this letter may come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless, I=
humbly ask you to give me your attention and hear me well., but I implore =
you to take the time to go through it carefull yas the decision you make wi=
ll go off a long way to determine my future. I am Mrs.Doris Fletcher widow =
of 58 years old suffering from long time illness. I have some funds I inher=
ited from my late husband, the sum of (20Million Dollars) and I needed a ve=
ry honest and God fearing who can withdraw this money then use the funds fo=
r Charity works. Please kindly reply me to my private email if you can assi=
st me. Your sister in Christ, Mrs Grace f=

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