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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. Ellizia Williem" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Ellizia Williem" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:47:19 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Thanks for your understanding.

Mrs. Ellizia Williem.
N° 20 Avenue 21

I once again try to reach you as my earlier message to you returned undelivered.
I am presently very ill in a hospital from the Stroke that happened to me shortly after the death of my husband. I also thank God for the help
and assistance i receiving from a nurse in the hospital who is also a
believer (Nurse Felicia).

I have contacted you because there is the sum of €2,200,000.00 (Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Euros) deposited in a bank here by my late husband and i have chosen to donate this money so that you can use it for humanitarian and charity services.
If you look round, you can see that there are a lot of handicapped
children in many charity homes, motherless babies homes and even adults
suffering from many health challenges that need help to ensure a better
future of these less privileged and handicapped children suffering from
things like Autism and other handicaps etc.
You will agree with me that there can never be a better time to show them love and let them know that someone out there cares. 
With your cooperation, i will be happy to have helped in a little way to assist the needy and the less privileged.
I wait for your urgent reply.
Mrs. Ellizia Williem..

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