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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. Neheen"<>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:34:44 -0700
Subject: my subject Hello My Beloved

Greetings to you,
Thanks for taking your time to read my first message.
my name is MRS. ESRAA BELLA NAHEEN, my country of Origin is Bahrain but i live in Ivory coast, meanwhile I know this proposal will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take your time to go through my messages carefully as the decision you make will go a long way to determine my wishes.

My late husband deals in exportation of COCOA Beans from Ivory Coast to all part of Europe and we were married for years without a child. He died last 5 year ago in a car accident.

Now I am 65 years old suffering from cancer of Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), also called malignant hepatoma and the damages are much that I have only 10 percent to survive any transplant/ surgery or operation and my recent medical result proves that I can only last for few months from now.

Meanwhile I inherited 3.5million USD and presently this money is still in the Vault of the bank where he deposited it. Having dying in cancer problems I decided to donate this fund to any good God fearing person that will utilize this fund the way I am going to instruct herein and somebody that will use this fund according to the desire of my late Husband to help less privileged people, orphanages, widows and propagating the word of God.

I found your email address from the internet after honest prayers to the LORD to bring me HONEST PERSON I CAN CONFIDE ON, and I decided to contact you if you may be willing and interested to handle these trust funds in good faith.

I want you to always remember me in your daily prayers because of my upcoming Cancer Surgery which I did not know whether I will survive or not.

Please kindly respond quickly for further details if you can handle this task any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing another person for this same purpose.
Hoping to read from you.
Yours Sister,

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